President Obama is walking into a political minefield as he decides whom to nominate for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Industry groups, consumer advocates and Democrats are splintering over the contenders, putting Obama in a bind as he narrows his short list for the powerful post.

“You’re going to offend a whole lot of people no matter which way you go,” one communications industry source said.

Obama is looking to replace Julius Genachowski, who is leaving the chairman’s post after a controversial tenure that included the creation of new rules for Internet providers.

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