August 27th, 2010
07:51 PM ET
4 years ago

Embattled Democrat calling on Geithner to go

 Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello called Friday for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to resign.
Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello called Friday for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to resign.

Washington (CNN) - It's not just Republicans calling for President Obama's economic advisers to go.

An embattled member of the president's own party has publicly called for the resignation of the top member of the administration's economic team.

Rep. Tom Perriello, a Virginia Democrat, called for the resignation of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at a town hall meeting in Ruckersville, VA earlier this month, according to Perriello spokesperson Jessica Barba.

Perriello's move is emblematic of how–with the economy the biggest issue with voters–Perriello felt it necessary to distance himself from Obama economic policies.

Barba said the congressman has long been critical of the Obama economic team for "its lack of boldness and failure to focus on Main Street as opposed to Wall Street," and that Perriello has expressed these concerns to top White House staff.

"It's not a secret to the administration," said Barba.

Another Democrat–Rep. Peter Fazio of Oregon–called on Geithner to resign last year.

Earlier this week, the top Republican in the House, Rep. John Boehner, called on the president to fire his entire economic team. "President Obama should ask for and accept the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council," Boehner told business leaders in Ohio Tuesday.

Perriello is a first term Democrat who won election to Congress by only 727 votes. He, like dozens of other Democrats in districts won by John McCain in 2008, is battling for his political life. His opponent is Virginia state senator Robert Hurt. Both parties have poured tens of millions of dollars into this Virginia race. The stakes are high. Republicans need to win just 39 seats to take control of the House of Representatives.


Filed under: 2010 • Economy • issues • Timothy Geithner • Tom Perriello
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. W.B.

    Oh quit getting weak knees Perriello ! This is an effort by Chamber of Commerce and big business to talk down Pres. Obama. They have the money and know all they need is the fools to vote them back in! Start fighting back!!!

    August 27, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. ABM

    Does he have anything else to offer? I would be more than happy to take his term in office and speak the truth. You have to stand up for this country and not wobble at the first sign of a bad poll or commentary from the Obstructionist republicans. This is why the Dems are in trouble – you bend in the wind. Stand up for yourselves and stop following the nonsensical ramblings of the Obstructionist Republicans.

    This President is doing everything he can for the good of this country yet you have people like this one who undermines PROGRESS. Someone other than the POTUS needs to take the fight to the Republicans and the Tea Party.

    August 27, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Don't worry perreillo after the November elections the corporations (thanks to the supreme :) court) will unleash their rethug dogs (sorry pups) and there will be more than plenty of jobs to go around. That is if they win big in the elections. If not, hang on tight for more unemployment.

    August 27, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Shirley in California

    Perriello's move is emblematic of how–with the economy the biggest issue with voters–Perriello felt it necessary to distance himself from Obama economic policies.

    And you still won't win you loser. Obviously he doesn't think he has what it takes to win on his own – and obviously – he doesn't.

    August 27, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. michael

    The problem with this dem and a few others in lack of backbone. If you are going to wet your pants every time you have to fight a republican then run under your real banner..."can you say COWARD!

    August 27, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Challenging Ignorance

    Meet Tom Perriello, faux Democrat aka Republican, Benedict Arnold,.. trying to get the votes of idiots who think Geithner and Obama had anything to do with the bailout of the banking industry... trying to get the votes of the idiots who don't remember that the GOP (Bush, Cheney,..) dug this horrible hole – the worst in over 100 years according to Allan Greenspan, stated in 2008 before Obama and Geithner took over the reigns, and PREVENTED the worst depression in over 100 years. Yeah, Tom Perriello won't bother trying to teach the idiots in Virginia any TRUE historical facts... they're all tuned into FOX News.

    August 27, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    This democrat is from the "small pocket of America" in VA and he most likely is trying to SAVE his JOB!! This is the same politician that Sarah Palin put CROSSHAIRS on!! So now he's joining the game of 'follow the Leader' with the RepubliCAN'Ts.

    I guess all Democrats are going to feel the same way – JUMP SHIP in order to SAVE their job!! It's not about POLITICS stupid!!

    August 27, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Len Smith

    If Congressman Periello doesn't like what has happened with the economy than he shouldn't be a Congressman. President Obama has done a great job bringing us back from the brink of disaster, maybe not enough, but than when you have to work with the party of NO how far can you go? Geithner has done a good job with what he has to work with and should be given a lot of credit. I don't know what all these people want, but they want more than there is. Yes, unemployment needs to be addressed, but if the President tries to help out anymore, he will be called down by the party of NO, NO. All they want is to stop paying taxes and than where would we be? Taxes are the price you pay for freedom.

    August 27, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    Tom, where were your comments during the 8 years of economic ruin? When the deregulation of Big Oil, Big Business and Wall Street got us in the mess we are in. I hope you lose!

    August 27, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. DENNA

    Oh yes, making Timothy Geithner resign will magically make the economy better. No it won't this mess took time to get into, it will take time to get out of. I hope the Repugs win big in November, then they will have to shut up and make things better. Tax cuts for the rich will NOT make this better, okay? It will take time. Although I'll bet that the rich businessmen will suddenly find jobs to give when the Rethugs get back in. Magic? No. Just the Good Ole Boy Network sticking it to the public and the first black man to be president of the United States.

    August 27, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Jasmin-NY

    Obama's top priority is to accept the economic teams's resign.
    They have messed America's economic for two years. The more
    problems are that Obama with the teams have not figured out it.

    August 27, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Rep. Tom Perriello is under pressure from somewhere or maybe he is a part of. I understand that there is some kind of investigation going on. His brother involved in Tea Party? Cut line to his gas line regarding his vote in the Health Care Reform? Ref: wikipedia. Certainly needs to be dug into a little deeper. Wants Geithner to resign, well Okay maybe, but on what grounds? What did Geitner do to warrent resignation? I remember during the Health Care reform 'debate' that a whole bunch of Representatives & their families were threatened. Did anybody pinpoint who was behind the threats? Something's 'odd' here. Could it be that Geithner knows more than what some people want him to know?

    August 27, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. ddt

    Dems don't need this idiot. It should be the one to go first

    August 27, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. da

    Rep. Tom Perriello, a Virginia Democrat how about you step down because obviously, you do not understand economics!! I don't understand why people do not understand that the economic down term we are going through will take time to correct!! It not only happen here but across the world in other countries as well, so instead of wanting to get rid of someone, why don't you go out and talk to the people and help them understand that a recovery of the magnitude is going to take a little time. Stop falling for the GOP political pandering and fear mongering and get some backbone or get out the way and let someone else do it!!! YOU and politician like you on both sides of the isle love to tell people what they want to hear, but you need to tell us what we all need to hear!!

    August 27, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. zz

    Geithner knew that he had to pay tax on his income, he tried to cheat. Honestly, he should have spent 2 years in jail instead of 2 years as Treasury Secretary. But besides that, he hasn't shown any clear insight into our economy and he hasn't really helped us to recover and for that reason he should go. We need a new economic team supporting President Obama. I say clean the whole economic house and bring in a new team. Former Secretary Rubin did a pretty good job for President Clinton. Is he available???

    August 27, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Homer

    demorats are smelling their own blood in the water and they want to distance themselves from their voting record and their fellow liberals.

    August 27, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. bob

    As a Democrat, I have said after the first year, Tim Geitner should go. He is too connected to Wall Street and is hurting Obama. Geitner and Arnie Duncan should both go.

    August 27, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. b. o. stinks

    smart guy stupid man I will sell my soul for another term

    August 27, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. barry

    Geithner is toast and he should be. The new chant by struggling candidates from both parties will be get rid of the guy. He and his staff have been a huge disappointment for the President as well as this country. Continuing to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. President Obama needs to make some changes and why he is get rid of Biden for 2012 he's a boat anchor around the Presidents neck. Biden is costing the administration credibility. Hillary would be a good choice to replace Biden and takes away her deciding to break and run against the President.

    August 27, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. Keith in Austin

    Signs of desperation as Democrats eat their own! The implosion of Liberalism before us!!

    August 27, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. terry,va

    Perriello will go down in November. I don't care if he says Obummie should be impeached. We know he is trying to save his hide which won't work.

    August 27, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Lisa

    Sick and tired of "weak" democrats!! They disgust me...but don't get it twisted, the alternative is much, much worse.

    August 27, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. normajean

    In a case like this, I a;ways want to ask, Mr. Perriello, just what have YOU done for the betterment of this country that gives you the moral right to ask someone else to resign? In this time of a one sided working administration there are almost insumountable problems that the president and his people are fighting to right. We have an over abundance of Boehners and Mc Connells to make things more difficult and who obsruct at every turn. So now you ask for a resignation. What has been your contribution other than this almost Repub. request.?

    August 27, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. D.

    One truthful democrat finally admits the collapse of the economic policy of Obama (Law degree and community activism does not qualify one to be an expert on the economy,even a smart knows all guy) and you need the right experts.

    August 27, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  25. Get A Grip

    WOW....I'm beginning to think some of these Democrats are starting to engage their brain.

    August 27, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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