Chris Dodd the New Front-Runner to Head MPAA (Report)

The Connecticut senator is said to be the only candidate in negotiations in the long-running search to replace Dan Glickman.

Former Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) has emerged as the front-runner to lead the MPAA, according to published reports.

“It’s not a done deal, but he’s the only one in negotiations,” a "top industry official" told the website Politico on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a source "close to the MPAA" echoed that sentiment to the Los Angeles Times but cautioned that talks could fall apart before a deal is reached with Dodd, a former presidential hopeful who recently retired from the Senate.

Just last week, the Times reported that communications attorney Antoinette Cook Bush was on the shortlist to take the job, which comes with a $1.2 million annual salary.

"He hasn't made any decision yet,'' Dodd spokesman Mike McKiernan told the Times. "He's still talking to people in both the private and public sectors to figure out his next step."

The job has been vacant since Dan Glickman resigned a year ago. Bob Pisano is serving as the interim chief.