http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080724152511.aspx Stern on XM/Sirius Merger: 'I Will Never Vote For a Democrat Again' Satellite radio talk show star cites 'gangsterism,' 'communism' for holding up deal. By Jeff Poor Business & Media Institute 7/24/2008 3:27:46 PM Sirius Satellite Radio host Howard Stern supports the merger of his network with XM Satelitte Radio and is fuming at Democratic opposition on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) panel. After FCC commissioners announced they have reached a deal to approve the merger of Sirius (NASDAQ:SIRI) and XM (NASDAQ:XMSR), Stern ranted about Democratsâ âgangsterismâ and âcommunismâ and the obstacles to the merger. Stern described a phone conversation he had with his agent, who he described as a âliberal Democrat kind of guy.â âI go, âThatâs it!ââ Stern said. â go, âYou know what Don, Iâve voted Republican and Iâve voted Democrat. I have vowed I will never vote for a Democrat again. I donât give a [expletive] â no matter who they are. I donât care if God becomes a Democrat.â I said, âI backed Hillary Clinton, I backed Al Gore, I backed John Kerry. I am done with them.ââ Stern took it a step even further and called Democrats on the FCC âcommunistsâ and referred to their tactics as âgangsterism.â âThe fact that these Democrats on the FCC are communists,â Stern said. âTheyâre for communism. They donât want to see companies â this is gangsterism. I said, âThis is crazy.ââ The FCC commission is a five-member panel made up of three Republicans and two Democrats. The Democrats include Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps. The Republicans include FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Robert McDowell and Deborah Taylor Tate. Tate had been the swing vote on the proposed merger and on July 24 The Wall Street Journal reported she would vote in favor of the merger.