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Rudy’s econ team is full of Californians.

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.jpgSimon, 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.jpgBoskin 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.

forbes.jpgAnd 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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.