Perriello beat Boehner to the punch on call for Geithner firing
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) isn't the only member of Congress who wants Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to be fired.
Two days after Boehner called on President Obama to get rid of Geithner and White House adviser Larry Summers, Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello (D) is getting some attention for making a similar call at a recent town hall meeting in Ruckersville.
Perriello's call for Geithner's head drew a favorable comment from the Jefferson Area Tea Party, and Perriello will be addressing the group Thursday evening. "In calling for Secretary Geithner's firing, we support Congressman Perriello's sentiment, with the hope that by replacing our nation's chief economic policy makers we can begin the path to economic recovery," JATP Chair Carole Thorpe said in a press release issued by the group.
It turns out that Perriello actually beat Boehner to the punch. The Ruckersville event occurred last Friday, five days before Boehner made his speech. And Thorpe said in her group's press release that she had heard Perriello make the same comment at an Aug. 7 town hall meeting. As far back as May, The Fix wrote that Perriello "is deeply skeptical about the approach the White House has taken to Wall Street and describ[es] Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner as a clone of Bush Administration Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson."
Perriello's anti-Geithner views never got much notice until Boehner's much-publicized speech this week, even though Perriello is locked in a tough reelection race against state Sen. Robert Hurt (R). Given that he's running on the message that he's an independent voice -- not beholden to his party or the White House -- Perriello probably wouldn't mind drawing a bit more attention to the subject, even if he has to thank a Republican leader for it.
August 26, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello
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