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Perriello beat Boehner to the punch on call for Geithner firing

Ben Pershing

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.

That, in turn, drew the media's attention, leading to items in the Wall Street Journal and other outlets.

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.

By Ben Pershing  |  August 26, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello  
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Comments

Perriello consistently voted for the Obama agenda until the election drew near.

As a Baptist, I have to believe in death-bed conversions; however, I fear that if Mr. Perriello gets past the election with kind of this kind of sleight-of-hand trick, he will return to his old ways.

After all, we Baptists know all about back-sliding too.

Posted by: Rileythedog | August 26, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Riley, that's flat-out untrue. Congressman Perriello has been very consistent about pointing out that there's more to the economy then rescuing bankers. The New Yorker did a profile on this very issue six months ago, contrast Perriello with the President as a guy who gets it.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/georgepacker/2010/03/the-progressive-and-the-populist.html

Posted by: nevsky42 | August 27, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Riley, that's flat-out untrue. Congressman Perriello has been very consistent about pointing out that there's more to the economy then rescuing bankers. The New Yorker did a profile on this very issue six months ago, contrasting Perriello with the President as a guy who gets it.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/georgepacker/2010/03/the-progressive-and-the-populist.html

Posted by: nevsky42 | August 27, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Well, last year he voted for the stimulus bill, for both the house and senate healthcare bills, for cap and trade even though Va. is a coal-producing state, for federal control of executive salaries in the private sector, for mortgage reform, credit-card regulation, in short, for pretty much every initiative the White House backed.

Suddenly, nearing a November election , he votes against Dodd-Frank Wall St Reform bill in July and publicly chastises Geitner in August.

No matter what you and the New Yorker say, this looks like a scam to me.

Suddenly in July, he votes against Dodd-Frank Wall St Reform bill and in August publicly chastizes Geitner.

Posted by: Rileythedog | August 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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