"Although we often disagree with the administration’s policies and differ with Jason on a number of issues, we respect him as a superb analytical economist," the economists, all affiliated with the
President Obama has nominated Furman, a longtime aide, to the key economics post. He would succeed
The council chair provides the president with advice and serves as a spokesperson for the administration on job creation and other economic issues.
Furman was a top economics aide to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Since 2009, he has served as principal deputy director of the White House
"Jason Furman is one of the most brilliant economic minds of his generation," Obama said Monday in announcing the nomination. "He’s won the respect and admiration from his peers across the political spectrum.
The group said Furman "has always been willing to work with economists of all ideological persuasions."
And although Furman's policy views are aligned with the administration's, "he recognizes that market mechanisms are the key element in raising living standards" and would be willing to tell Obama if something is a bad idea.
"We have considerable disagreements with President Obama's economic policies and no doubt will have differences with his future economic agenda,." the economists wrote.
"We are confident, however, that Jason Furman, if confirmed as CEA chair, will provide President Obama with advice that presents both the advantages and disadvantages of the policy proposals under consideration," the said.