By Elana Schor
The Walt Disney Co. had big shoes to fill when lobbyist Mitch Rose left last month to open his own shop, and Disney has turned to Bill Bailey, former communications adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), as its lobbying arm’s new No. 2.
Bailey will join chief Disney lobbyist Preston Padden’s office next week, leaving XM Satellite Radio government relations, where he has been a senior vice president since 2004. Yet it is Bailey’s years working side by side with McCain, former Commerce Committee chairman and 2008 presidential contender, that may make him most valuable to Disney as it joins the fray over rewriting the Telecommunications Act of 1996.