Obama's former chief economist advising Buttigieg

Obama's former chief economist advising Buttigieg
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A former Obama administration chief economist is reportedly advising South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (D) on economic policy. 

Austan Goolsbee, former President Obama's chief economist on the Economic Recovery Advisory Board and head of the Council of Economic Advisers, has signed on to the mayor's 2020 presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported Friday. 

“Pete is proposing plans targeted to making programs affordable for the middle class and below, not giving it free to everyone,” Goolsbee told the Post of the mayor's latest economic plan, which aims to create affordable housing and education

The Buttigieg campaign is not the only one receiving the support of former Obama officials.


This week, former White House National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients hosted a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE. More than 50 Obama administration alumni were seen at the event. 

And Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockObama's former chief economist advising Buttigieg The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says Dems shouldn't hold public hearings The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race MORE (D) announced in August that Obama administration officials were also advising his campaign. 

Buttigieg, who is among more than a dozen people vying for the Democratic nomination to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE, has gained momentum in recent weeks. The polling aggregation website RealClearPolitics places him fourth overall nationally, but second in Iowa.