Because an American obviously can't be a good representative of the mobile telecommunications industry if they didn't support the current administration in the last election.
Time magazine is reporting that
"At least four of the two dozen or so U.S. delegates selected for the (Inter-American Telecommunication Commission) meeting, sources tell TIME, have been bumped by the White House because they supported John Kerry's 2004 campaign.
The White House admits as much: "We wanted people who would represent the Administration positively, and--call us nutty--it seemed like those who wanted to kick this Administration out of town last November would have some difficulty doing that," says White House spokesman Trent Duffy."
It's really sad when an administration takes themselves far more seriously than the government and people they represent, but hey, what should we expect?
TIME.com: Any Kerry Supporters On The Line? -- May. 02, 2005