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Boehner's not alone in calling for Geithner to go

House Minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) joins others in calling for the ouster of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Calls for Geithner to quit go back to early 2009, when bonuses distributed to employees at the bailed-out financial firm AIG had many members of Congress hopping mad. The following is a list of opinion writers, members of Congress and other high profile politicos who, like Boehner, have called for the treasury secretary to leave his post or for President Obama to fire him. If you know of any we may have missed, let us know in the comments section below:

Henry Blodget, CEO and editor-In chief of The Business Insider
March 6, 2009
Column: "Time to Fire TIm Geithner"

"With a few years of seasoning in a normal environment, Tim Geithner might turn out to be a fine Treasury Secretary. But this isn't a normal environment, and we don't have a few years."

Rudy Giuliani, former Republican presidential candidate and mayor of New York City
March 23, 2009
Appearance on FOX News's Hannity special: "Time to Fire Tim Geithner"

"At a time like this you can't have a secretary of the Treasury that is someone people don't have confidence in."

Gary Weiss, Columnist
Dec. 29, 2009
Column: A call for Geithner's Head

"My New Year's resolution for the president is that he fire Tim Geithner."

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)
Nov. 19, 2009
Appearance on MSNBC's "The Ed Show"

"I think there is a growing consensus in the [Democratic] caucus [that] we need a new economic team that cares more about jobs, Main Street and the American people than it does about Wall Street and huge bonuses."

Matt OBrien, writer for Daily Kos
Feb.11, 2009
The Daily Kos

"Whether private investors like hedge funds and private equity buy these items from banks first is irrelevant; taxpayers are still ultimately on the hook for assets no one wants to touch. And that is why it is time for Geithner to go. The information about the latest bailout is the final straw."

Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fl.)
March 18, 2009
Statement

"Timothy Geithner should either resign or be fired for the good of the country, and President Obama should nominate a new Treasury Secretary with the experience and leadership skills America deserves."

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
March 18, 2009
Statement

"As one of the chief architects of the AIG bailout, Secretary Geithner was in a position to do what any lender of the last resort would do -- negotiate concessions from AIG. Secretary Geithner either didn't know about the bonuses, and was grossly negligent, or he did know and failed to bring this to the President's attention. Either way, the end result has been a significant waste of taxpayer dollars and he should take immediate responsibility and resign."

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
Nov. 19, 2009
Joint Economic Committee Hearing (reported by The Washington Times)

"For the sake of our jobs, will you step down from your post?"

Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas)
Nov. 19, 2009
Joint Economic Committee Hearing (reported by The Washington Times)

"I don't think that you should be fired; I thought you should have never been hired."

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Delighted to see Wally nudged to the edge of the lifeboat. Th only downside here is the prospect of Larry Summers having NoBama's ear even more.
Hey, how's that hope and change thing working out for y'all? Money for banks, no penalties to lenders for ignoring the HAMP assistance program, bonuses all around, presidential meetings that GS and others ditch, and a Fannie and Freddie meltdown still in progress.
Nice work!
And let's not forget the tax snafu (oooops!) and the botched Elix. Warren gang-up that Wally tried to lead.
How 'bout dem counterparty reimbursements, at par, so that poor banks/investment houses would be fully repaid in the midst of the economic crisis the rest of us had no shelter from. Billions handed over to GS, which took no haircut and was laffin' at the dopes in Treasury as it pulled up Brinks trucks to the cash loading bay.
Fire Wally and seek a federal criminal investigation of the counterparty payoffs, today.

Posted by: FloridaChick | August 24, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr Bone head
1st you go the bar, have drink
Then to the golf course have another shot, catch some sun.
Then back to the bar and have some more.
Better yet, move your office to the golf course, that's where your brain seems to be most active.
Have a nice day

Posted by: trierd | August 24, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully President Oboma will take the Tresury Secretary lead and allow our country to establish a new executive department

Posted by: rvaw120 | August 24, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully President Oboma will take the Tresury Secretary lead and allow our country to establish a new executive department

Posted by: rvaw120 | August 24, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why not get rid of Tresury Sec. Geithner and his mentor Obomba too.

Posted by: rvaw120 | August 24, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Why not get rid of Tresury Sec. Geithner and his mentor Obomba too.

Posted by: rvaw120 | August 24, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I am an Obama supporter but I too want Geithner and Summers to be fired because they gave Obama bad advice including too small of a stimulus plan, not breaking up the banks, not holding the banks' feet to the fire in terms of bonuses, etc.

At least there is one thing that both the Left and the Right agrees with.

Posted by: maritza1 | August 24, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Look who they rounded up the comments from, the very ones responsible for the mess we're in. Not that bonehead had anything at all to do with it either.

Posted by: mtravali | August 24, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

All the JOBS were sent OVERSEAS by the Republicans who gave Corporate America a Tax break for relocating their plants in Indonesia, China or India.

That happened on GWB watch between 2001-2008. Outsourcing. You remember the term.. Here is Hank Paulson trying to defend this BS..
http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2008-03-20-corporate-tax-offshoring_N.htm

Posted by: digtldesk | August 24, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

When you look at little Timmy Geithner, for whatever reason, he always has that "deer in the headlights" (clueless) look about him. Bet he's never had an original thought. Here is a man that never held a real job trying to solve the economic problems. It's like a crab trying to pretend it is a horse.

Posted by: kavalair | August 24, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The Economy is perfect. Don't fire Timmy, give him a raise.

Posted by: nyx567 | August 24, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

We wanted George W. Bush & Hank Paulson to Resign in October-November 2008 when he was handing out the first part of the 750Million dollar TARP aid to Bankers which was recommended by Ex Treasury Secy Paulson (and the Former CEO of Goldman Sachs) who had been making money with derivatives & Hedge Funds like his other buddies for the past 30 years up on wall street. It didn't happen..
Where was Boehner then? Getting one of his sprayed on tans?

Posted by: digtldesk | August 24, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

We wanted George W. Bush & Hank Paulson to Resign in October-November 2008 when he was handing out the first part of the 750Million dollar aid to Bankers which was recommended by Ex Treasury Secy Paulson (and the Former CEO of Goldman Sachs) who had been making money with derivatives & Hedge Funds like his other buddies for the past 30 years up on wall street. It didn't happen..
Where was Boehner then? Getting one of his sprayed on tans?

Posted by: digtldesk | August 24, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

We wanted George W. Bush & Hank Paulson to Resign in October-November 2008 when he was handing out the first part of the 750Million dollar aid to Bankers which was recommended by Ex Treasury Secy Paulson (and the Former CEO of Goldman Sachs) who had been making money with derivatives & Hedge Funds like his other buddies for the past 30 years up on wall street.
Where was Boehner then? Getting one of his sprayed on tans?

Posted by: digtldesk | August 24, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Nice try guys. They really want Obama to quit but the boys can't fulfill that dream so now they will work on Geithner. But the strength of intelligence and character that permeates the depths of the Obama team is much greater than the attacks of just say no "groupie" Republicans who cannot think for themselves. So, what's next guys? I used to be a Republican. The mere thought makes me sick!!

Posted by: cmmckee | August 24, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Nice try guys. They really want Obama to quit butthe boys can't fulfill that dream so now they will work on Geithner. But the strength of intelligence and character that permeates the depths of the Obama team is much greater than the attacks of just say no "groupie" Republicans who cannot think for themselves. So, what's next guys? I used to be a Republican. The mere thought makes me sick!!

Posted by: cmmckee | August 24, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, that should have read "racist teabagger"

Posted by: jiji1 | August 24, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Emi Kolawole, stop this bigoted attack on The President, you racist pig

Posted by: jiji1 | August 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Really? You couldn't find anyone who wanted Geithner to resign in 2010 other than Boehner? Not much of a story here...

Posted by: mtrx | August 24, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Really? You couldn't find anyone who wanted Geithner to resign in 2010 other than Boehner? Not much of a story here...

Posted by: mtrx | August 24, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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