Likely Trump Federal Reserve board pick Stephen Moore said Wednesday that he’s “really excited” about the prospective gig, but that he’s willing to bow out should he become a “liability.”
He, like his former peer Herman Cain who has already taken himself out of the running, told the Wall Street Journal that he has qualms about the $183,100 salary.
“I mean, look, I’m not complaining, that’s still a high salary,” he said. “It’s not, like, you know, a big deal. But it was certainly a consideration when my family and I sat down and really discussed it.”
He also said that his eagerness notwithstanding, he’d be willing to drop out of the process “if something I said or something I’ve done becomes a political problem” for the White House or Republican candidates up for reelection in 2020.
“I don’t want to be a liability,” he said. “Why should we risk a Senate seat for a Federal Reserve board person, you know? I mean that just doesn’t make any sense.”
Moore has gotten into hot water recently after CNN dug up old articles he wrote for the National Review, in which he goes on many sexist screeds about women’s athletics and women voting.
He told the Journal that he “very much” regretted writing them.
He has also been panned as unqualified by economists of all stripes and revealed to owe money to the IRS.