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Gloria Tristani

Gloria TristaniBorn: 20-Dec-1953
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Gender: Female
Religion: Protestant [1]
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government, Attorney
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: FCC Commissioner, 1997-2001

Not a fan of piss, according to a 28 February 2001 press release:

The U.S. Supreme Court has noted urination is excretory and is not a subject for routine public viewing. The repeated broadcast of the word "piss" has been unquestioningly accepted as meeting the contour of a "vulgar" and "shocking" broadcast by the Court. Urination on others is so offensive to the community's sense of decency and so inflammatory that a conviction for possession of child pornography was thrown out because such imagery was among the degrading subjects discussed before a jury. If the Constitution may bar discussion of such inflammatory imagery in a criminal trial, why should it be approved for broadcast when children are listening? Proposing to routinely urinate on someone to express disagreement with that person's sports affiliations (the NHL teams) or job performance (the NHL Commissioner) is the kind of degrading and pointless personal attack that possesses little political value. Like "fighting words,"

[S]uch utterances are no essential part of any exposition of ideas, and are of such slight social value as a step to truth that any benefit that may be derived from them is clearly outweighed by the social interest in order and morality.


[1] United Church of Christ.

Husband: Gerard W. Thomson (judge)
Daughter: Vanesa
Son: Jorge

    University: BA, Barnard College (1987)
    Law School: JD, University of New Mexico School of Law (1990)

    Spiegel & McDiarmid Of Counsel
    Benton Foundation President (2006)
    United Church of Christ Director, Office of Communication (2004-06)
    US FCC Commissioner (1997-2001)
    New Mexico State Official State Corporation Commission (1995-97, Chairman in 1996)
    Keleher & McLeod Associate (1990-94)
    Congressional Staff Asst. to Sen. Jeff Bingaman (1983-87)
    Hillary Clinton for President
    Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Board of Directors


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