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January 19, 2007 at 4:01 PM

Will Stanton sprint to this job?

Sprint Nextel CEO Gary Forsee has been searching unsuccessfully for a No. 2 executive to help him turn around the struggling cellphone company, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

In trying to fill the job, Sprint has approached Kevin Beebe, group president of operations at Alltel, former BellSouth COO Mark Feidler and even Ralph de la Vega, the former Cingular chief operating officer, who just took on the position of group president of regional wire-line operations at AT&T.

Reportedly, all said no.

So who does that leave on the list of people to ask?

The WSJ listed one name: John Stanton.

Stanton currently is a member of Alltel’s board, a seat he gained after the regional carrier bought his company, Bellevue-based Western Wireless, in 2005.

Since the acquisition, Stanton has been investing, through Trilogy Equity Partners, some of the millions (about $500 million) he made on the sale of Western Wireless. He also considered a run for the Republican nomination for governor of Washington, but declined.

Turns out he’s declining the No. 2 spot at Sprint, too.

“I am having fun with our new ventures and have absolutely no interest in the #2 job at Sprint,” Stanton said in an e-mail to us.

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