Martin submitted the merger for consideration by the other commissioners without first assuring he has three ``yes'' votes, as is his practice, said two FCC officials last week who spoke on condition of anonymity.

``I'm not at all sure there is a third vote yet,'' Andrew Jay Schwartzman, president of the Washington-based public interest group, the Media Access Project, said in an interview June 18. ``I don't have any sense where Tate is coming from.''


Interesting point of view. Kind of in opposition to Tyler's theory that Martin wouldn't make a recommendation without feeling that he had a majority locked.