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

Embattled Democrat calling on Geithner to go

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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. sniffit

    Don't worry, all of uhbama and his minions will be voted out in two years.

    August 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. JonDie

    Large corporations, mostly allied with the Republican Party, are sitting on hundreds of billions of dollars of cash and are refusing to hire...and this is Geithner's fault? What do these corporations need, another trillion dollar tax cut giveaway?

    August 27, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Thr republicans must be laughing all the way to the bank. this guy should be ashamed of himself! why he just like the republicans criticises what has been done and has absolutely no idea how to do it better and that includes especially Boehner.

    August 27, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. Toughlove

    So...are any of you libs going to call this man a racist bigot??? If you don't, you're a bunch of hypocrites since that's what you call any republican or independent that disagrees with the direction your messiah has taken us.

    August 27, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  5. valwayne

    A vote for any Democrat in Nov is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and the extreme left wing agenda! A vote for Nancy Pelosi and the corrupt stimulous bill! A vote for Nancy Pelosi and the corrupt healthcare bill! A vote for the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback! We can accept the arrogance and contempt from Obama and the Democrats, or we can defeat every Democrat on the ballot in Nov!!!!

    August 28, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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