The presidential campaign of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced its Economic Policy Advisory Board today, and it’s chock-a-block with Golden State talent.
The senior members of the board — meant to advise the Republican candidate “on economic policy aimed at restoring fiscal discipline and cutting wasteful Washington spending while keeping taxes low and making government more accountable to taxpayers” — are Bill Simon, Michael Boskin and Steve Forbes.
Simon, of course, is the Los Angeles businessman and financier who proved to be the only person less popular than incumbent Democratic Gov. Gray Davis back in 2002, despite having had Giuliani — his former boss when they were federal prosecutors, and at the time riding high on post-9/11 popularity — come and campaign for him. Simon also now is the Giuliani campaign’s policy director.
Boskin is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the T. M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University, as well as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He chaired the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1989 to 1993, and also chaired the Commission on the Consumer Price Index. He’ll be Giuliani’s economic point man.
And Forbes — a New Jerseyan, not a Californian, and Giuliani’s national campaign co-chairman — is President and CEO of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, as well as a frequent business commentator for Fox News Channel‘s “Forbes on Fox.” President Reagan in 1985 named Forbes chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting, where he directed the programming for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; President George H.W. Bush reappointed him, and so he served until 1993. In 1996 and 2000, he was Republican presidential candidate whose platform called for a flat income tax.
Also serving on the panel will be David Malpass, Chief Global Economist of Bear Stearns; Martin Anderson, the Keith and Jan Hurlbut Fellow at the Hoover Institution; and Annelise Anderson, a Hoover Institution research fellow, a former associate director with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and a senior policy adviser to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign.