Will Perriello make demand for Geithner’s firing in Washington?

posted at 10:12 am on August 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When John Boehner demanded that Barack Obama fire Tim Geithner and Larry Summers and revamp his entire economic policy team, the White House ignored the call.  Vice President Joe Biden sarcastically thanked Boehner for his advice, claiming that it was a voice from the past that would derail the administration’s glorious Recovery Summer.  However, it turns out that Boehner isn’t the first in the House to demand a shakeup from the Oval Office.  Democrat Tom Perriello told a Virginia audience that he wanted Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Geithner, too, at an August 7th event.

Now some wonder whether Perriello only talks big when no one pays attention:

Embattled freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) called for President Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Aug. 7 during a town-hall meeting in Ruckersville, Va., according to The Wall Street Journal.

The call gained attention this week after House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a similar one in a speech Tuesday on the economy.

A local Tea Party group confirmed Perriello’s stance in a press release.

“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,” it said in a press release Thursday.

The WSJ, which originally reported that Perriello made his statement after Boehner, notes that Perriello has been silent on this demand while back in Washington:

Tom Perriello’s campaign and congressional office, as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has informed Washwire that Perriello’s call for Geithner’s head actually came before Boehner requested his firing.

No word yet on whether the Democratic congressman will meet the Tea Party’s demand for a press release formally calling for Geithner’s resignation.

It’s interesting, however, that the DCCC rushed to correct the WSJ on the timing.  They certainly don’t want to leave the impression that Perriello has decided to start following Boehner rather than Nancy Pelosi.  However, if Perriello’s demand preceded Boehner’s and the DCCC is willing to stipulate that, then they can hardly attack Boehner for issuing the same demand that the DCCC and Perriello’s campaign is defending as original with Perriello.  Heck, Boehner would probably be happy to give Perriello credit for authorship on this point.

Perriello met with a Tea Party gathering last night, and according to one Hot Air reader, Ted C, he repeated his call for Geithner not to resign but be fired.  The local NBC station didn’t mention that it its report, but instead noted the deep but polite skepticism with which activists greeted Perriello:

“I respect your position, but not you,” said one tea party member. “I wonder if you would agree you failed and should be fired,” said another. It was a heated, but civil 60 plus minutes between a man and a fast-growing party that don’t often see eye-to-eye.

Looking for a second term in Washington, Perriello went right to those who have spent many a day protesting outside his Charlottesville office. Perriello said, “I have a lot more respect for those who passionately disagree with me than those who just don’t care.”

The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing notes that Perriello, who only won by less than 1,000 votes over Virgil Goode in 2008, could probably use the independent credibility that would come from such a demand.  He would, however, have to make that demand while in Washington, rather that just mention it to his constituents while on the campaign trail, for that to be effective.  If Perriello’s not willing to even put it in a press release, it gives his district an idea of just how independent a voice Perriello really has.


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Just trying to save his butt.

sandee on August 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Right… but how about something from a congressman that will actually still be there in January???

Abby Adams on August 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM

He talks the talk, but won’t walk, the walk. Count on it. Pelosi has a hold on these whimps, and they fear her!

capejasmine on August 27, 2010 at 10:19 AM

He talks the talk, but won’t walk, the walk. Count on it. Pelosi has a hold on these whimps, and they fear her!

capejasmine on August 27, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Hopefully that will all be comeing to an end this november.

SHARPTOOTH on August 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Geithner was chosen to be one of the pall bearers for the US economy, which they’re trying to bury – dead or alive.

AubieJon on August 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Look at his votes, not his soundbites. Hell, even Reid and Boxer have seemingly reasonable soundbites.

abobo on August 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM

For the past 2 days during the morning drive here in DC, WTOP has been extremely eager to trumpet Moody’s economist Mark Zandi’s (sp?) defense of Porkulus and attacks on Boehner. Too bad it’s Friday, I’d love to hear them explain again to the listening audience that the stimulus worked, the economy is just really bad.

pmm on August 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM

How in heck was Geithner even allowed to be appointed after his tax cheating became known. If you can’t figure out Turbo Tax or comply with quarterly letters & checks telling you to pay your taxes, then you are not smart enough to be Treasury Secretary. Or else you are corrupt enough to be in jail.

rbj on August 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM

How about forgetting Geithner’s obvious incompetence and demand his removal for tax evasion? ALL of these pukes need to be held to account, and when we get criminals running the system with no consequence, there are clear signs that a broom is needed.

Bishop on August 27, 2010 at 10:32 AM

The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing notes that Perriello, who only won by less than 1,000 votes over Virgil Goode in 2008, could probably use the independent credibility that would come from such a demand. He would, however, have to make that demand while in Washington, rather that just mention it to his constituents while on the campaign trail, for that to be effective.

Mr. Perriello is neither independent, nor deserving of any credibility on the subject of economic nor energy reform. While I give him kudos for meeting with the JATP last night, I submt that there is an extraordinary gulf between the voices of VA-5 constituents, and the voting behavior of Mr. Tom Perriello.

Mr. Perriello has voted consistently with Nancy Pelosi and her far left Obamacare Brigade. Mr. Perriello, on the day before the 20MAR HC vote, locked the door of his office at 1524 LHOB (I have pictures), in the faces of his constituents and has continued to shun the constituents of this district with his votes in Washington. He’ll hear our voices while in Charlottesville, Ruckersville or Danville— he just won’t heed them.

So, while Mr. Perriello acts against VA-5 in Washington–courageously voting for heinous legislation–he now uses VA-5 to attempt a flaccid, small-bore attempt at scoring a few economic points. Mr. Jefferson continues to roll in his grave and can see your house from where he lay, Tom.

Disappointed in VA-5.

ted c on August 27, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Now some wonder whether Perriello only talks big when no one pays attention

At sotto voce, he prefers not reaching Obama’s ear, at which point Perriello would have to admit that he “spoke stupidly”.

maverick muse on August 27, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Tim Geithner and Larry Summers should both have been fired and thrown out into the street on their collective ears months ago, but thanks to the Powers That Be (and Abuse), they are still being permitted to reducing the economy of this country to a humongous pile of smoldering ashes.

pilamaye on August 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM

How in heck was Geithner even allowed to be appointed after his tax cheating became known.

Opposition to Geithner’s appointment should have been voiced beforehand much more forcefully. Were NO Republican votes required for the appointment’s Congressional approval? If memory serves, the lack of votes AGAINST Geithner ran the same loser mentality as the lack of votes against Sotomayor and Kagan. “We’re not going to win, so go ahead and vote with the Majority. Save your opposition for when you already know you’ll win.” THAT line got a lot of usage here at HotAir, as well.

So Boehner thinks he now has the votes to impeach Geithner from his appointment, to successfully prosecute him for corrupting his office? Now that Bush made the Treasury Secretary autonomous, good luck. No, Boehner thinks no such thing. He’s just talk. And talk is cheap.

maverick muse on August 27, 2010 at 10:53 AM

This is strictly CYA. Never trust or believe a democrat. Look at their record, look at their actions.

darwin on August 27, 2010 at 10:55 AM

pilamaye on August 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Geithner’s policy is Obama’s policy, and they both do as they are told, not being the authors of policy.

maverick muse on August 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Being in his district, I can say what he “says” and what he “does” are two different things.

Leading up to the health care vote he kept blah-blah-blah’ing about how he was “independent” and had reservations about the bill.

Then he happily voted yes.

Perriello has to go!

ButterflyDragon on August 27, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Is Boehner’s attack on Geithner any more believable than Perriello’s? If Obama doesn’t dismiss Geithner, what’s Boehner going to do about that? No more than more talk. Where’s the gathering of evidence for Geithner’s impeachment procedure?

maverick muse on August 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Disappointed in VA-5.

ted c on August 27, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Plus, Hurt would be a much better representative for the 5th (except for the liberal stronghold of Albemarle and Ch’ville, they’d prefer someone like Chairman Mao in charge)

ButterflyDragon on August 27, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Better idea…obowma resigns

lukespapa on August 27, 2010 at 11:11 AM

The Obama governing credo is “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Since solving the crisis would waste it, I’d suggest Tim Geithner and Larry Summers did their jobs exactly as Obama wanted them to. The Obama admin has done everything it could to extend the Great Recession, and in the process milked the day lights out of it. Thereby cramming an outrageous expansion of Big Government down our collective, and decidedly unwilling, throats.

Dale Wyckoff on August 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM

I live in Va’s 5CD. Perriello is Pelosi enabler. He swore up & down that he would never vote for Obamacare if it allowed fed funding of abortions. He is a liar. Perriello went to Yale so he could certainly understand the bill. right?

he took money from Rangel, then gave it back when the liberal media finally, finally, finally reported how dirty Rangel is. (again, Tom Perriello, you went to Yale so couldn’t you see how crooked Rangel is?).

he also voted for the stimulus. But in his defense, some of that stimulus money or other Perriello earmark will build a bike trail in Martinsville VA (in the 5thCD) that has unemployment at 20.6%. So he cares.

send Robert Hurt (R)some of your political donations. roberthurtforcongress.com

we can beat little Tommy, but we need some money to combat the Dem financial juggernaut.

kelley in virginia on August 27, 2010 at 11:31 AM

we can beat little Tommy, but we need some money to combat the Dem financial juggernaut.

kelley in virginia on August 27, 2010 at 11:31 AM

kelley, I’m not sure if you’re in the 105.9 WLNI listening area, but Periello demonstrated what a complete, disengenous hack he is the other day. He was berating Hurt for voting for tax increases at the state level. Then he went on to say that anyone who doesn’t like the HC bill (esp. libertarians) want people to die in the ER. I will say, though, that I’m not a big fan on Hurt. He refuses to debate (at least for now), and he won’t go on WLNI to talk to their listeners about his platform. That’s irritating, but he’d certainly be much better than Periello.

acleaver on August 27, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Yalie. Yalies like him. They didn’t like Bush.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM