Rudy rolls out California business team

Rudy Giuliani rolled out his “California Business Leaders for Rudy” team today to “spread Rudy’s commitment to fiscal discipline, ending wasteful government spending and cutting taxes.”

The chairwoman is Kim Quinones, a vice president of Ramirez and Company in Pacific Palisades. The members are:

Susan Allen, Owner, Bayside Communications, Capitola
Pam Corradi, Owner, Corradi Arms, Inc., Burbank
James Crean, Vice President, Deep Gold Exploration, Inc., Rancho Palos Verdes
Jack Davis, Owner, Jeda Generation Auto Upholstery, San Jose
Joe Destein, Self-Employed Developer, Novato
Howard Epstein, Investor, San Francisco
Don Genhart, Owner, Don’s Pet Service, Palm Desert
Susan Gibbs, Membership Director, CICC Wellness Center, Colusa
Mike Harris, Vice President, Cross Creek, Petaluma
Ted Jackson, self-employed consultant, Sacramento
John Karczynski, Mortgage Broker, Washington Mutual S&L, Anaheim
Andrew Kline, Partner, Park Lane, Los Angeles
Eric Linder, Account Executive, USA National Title, Corona
Vic Marani, Self-Employed Consultant, Rio Del Mar
Teresa Merkle, Co-Owner, Paradigm Shift World Wide, Northridge
Wendy Moodie, Co-Owner, Paradigm Shift World Wide, Northridge
Debi Schultz, Self-Employed Event Planner, Simi Valley
Stuart Weil, Owner, Blue Lobster Farms, Madera

Note: Only two — Epstein and Davis — are from the Bay Area. Epstein also is the San Francisco Republican Party’s vice chairman for political affairs. Davis, the only Silicon Valley member, owns an auto-upholstery business and is president of the Santa Clara Valley Republican Assembly, the South Bay affiliate of the conservative grassroots California Republican Assembly.

Not exactly a Bay Area powerhouse, here…

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.