Sinclair Broadcast Group has retained Republican-connected S-3 Group to work Capitol Hill in a bid to get its proposed $3.9B acquisition of Tribune Media back on track.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai on July 17 expressed “serious concerns” about the transaction and referred the merger to an administrative judge.

President Trump weighed in on Sinclair’s deal via Twitter on July 24, calling the FCC’s decision not to okay the merger “so sad and unfair.”

He tweeted: “This would have been a great and much needed conservative voice for and of the people.”

S-3’s Sinclair team includes Rob Collins (chief of staff for ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor), Mike Ference (director of strategic development for Cantor), Matt Bravo (director of floor operations for Majority Whip Steve Scalise), Arjun Mody (policy director for former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson) and John Scofield (press secretary for Congressman Frank LoBiondo).

5W Public Relations represents Sinclair.