June 2, 2005


Bush picks Cox to head SEC - report (Jennifer Inez Ward, June 1, 2005, MarketWatch)

President George Bush plans to nominate Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., to replace William Donaldson as chairman the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a published report Wednesday night. [...]

The 52-year-old Cox, an ally of business groups, has represented conservative Orange County, Calif., since 1988. Cox left the Reagan administration, where he was a member of the White House counsel's staff, to run for Congress.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers gave Cox an approval rating of 95% in 2004, while the National Federation of Independent Businesses gave him a perfect 100%.

Mr. Cox is almost always rumored for bigger and better jobs, but this seems like an odd one to take unless he's on-deck for Secretary of the Treasury. Still, he's yet another great pick by the President.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2005 12:00 AM

Didn't the President know that I am available?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 2, 2005 1:48 AM

He's saving you for Ambassador to Canada.

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 2, 2005 3:15 AM

This pick is a bit surprising. As OJ notes Cox was rumored for judgeships, cabinet posts, CA Senate runs, etc. Perhaps he was tired of the Congressman thing and they found this for him.

Posted by: AWW at June 2, 2005 7:00 AM

Cox has shown tremendous potential thru out his public career, but unfortunately he will in the future also.

Posted by: h-man at June 2, 2005 7:18 AM

H-man - are you saying Cox is overrated?

Posted by: AWW at June 2, 2005 7:46 AM

Overrated? No, I think he is talented (in the pro-business, perhaps libertarian wing of the Republican Party) but in the time span from 1988 people of lesser talent or at least no greater resources than he has, have been willing to take more risks and challenge the liberal establishment. Think Dick Armey or Delay, Gingrich, or Rick Santorium.

Feinstein's first re-election campaign was nip and tuck with a 70 year old radio talk show host. Boxer is a joke, who should have been defeated or never elected to begin with. Where was Christopher Cox during all this time? Keeping his head down, hoping not to offend the New York Times?

Posted by: h-man at June 2, 2005 8:48 AM

this gets him into the cabinet, where it will be easy to move him into the v.p. slot if cheney takes off early. this is going to be signifigant, i believe.

Posted by: cjm at June 2, 2005 10:08 AM

It's not a Cabinet position, is it?

Posted by: oj at June 2, 2005 10:14 AM

oops. i guess its a case of "baby steps" then.

Posted by: cjm at June 2, 2005 1:52 PM