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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.

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
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Calif.’s Dunsmore to take Rudy’s $$$ reins

dunsmore.jpgThe 2008 presidential campaign of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced today that Anne Dunsmore — the founder, chair and CEO of Santa Monica-based Capital Campaigns — will become its deputy campaign manager for finance, overseeing fundraising strategies and activities.

“Anne brings a tremendous amount of experience to our campaign and will be a valuable asset to us as we continue to build upon the strong support for Rudy across the country. She is a great addition to our finance team,” campaign manager Michael DuHaime said in a news release.

Dunsmore, of Tarzana, has raised more than $2 billion for more than 500 political and non-profit clients over the last 27 years, including the Republican National Committee; both of President George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns and his first inaugural; the National Republican Senatorial Committee; Progress for America; and the Republican Governor’s Association.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
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Giuliani campaign feels strong in California

giuliani.jpgPerhaps trying to soften up the California press before tomorrow’s MSNBC/politico.com Republican presidential candidates’ debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Brent Seaborn — strategy director for 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani — this morning said the former New York mayor continues to run strong here in the Golden State.

Seaborn — a former Republican National Committee deputy director of strategy — said Giuliani has held a lead over other GOP contenders averaging 15 percentage points across the last three Gallup polls, though “we fully expect the dynamics of the race are going to change” as summer approaches. The campaign is “trying to build a sustainable coalition of voters” and expect to see “a lot of churn in vote preference,” so it’s trying to hold onto the voters already expressing a preference for Giuliani.

California’s GOP primary system — in which the popular vote winner in each Congressional district will determine which candidate gets that district’s delegates, rather than a winner-take-all statewide vote — makes for “interesting algebra and geometry in how candidates target California,” Seaborn said. That’s Seaborn’s strong suit: He was a co-founder of TargetPoint Consulting, which did much of the the microtargeting and data mining that helped mobilize votes for President Bush in 2004.

While a candidate could spend $40 million to $50 million in this state alone if he or she had the resources, Seaborn said he doubts anyone will do so with so many other states at stake Feb. 5.

“We’re pleased with where we’re positioned,” Seaborn said, adding the most recent California polls show Giuliani at 8 points ahead of his GOP rivals. “We’re comfortable with the lead we have in California right now.”

And Giuliani polls well against Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in general-election matchups, too, Seaborn said.

“People are voting on leadership, people are voting on ideas, people are voting on their ability or perceived ability to change things in Washington,” he said. “I think we’re particularly strong when you look at those types of measures.”

Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
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Giuliani riding high in LA

2008 Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — found by a recent Newsweek poll to be 25 points ahead of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for the GOP nomination — was at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Monterey Park today to meet with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on ways to fight gang-related crimes.

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(Anybody care to write a caption for this? I dare not.)

Listen to audio of today’s news conference here.

Giuliani will be in San Diego on Tuesday. Meanwhile, his hometown newspapers dig into his private life with exposes of his rocky relationship with his kids — the New York Times has it here, and the Daily News here.

Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2007
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