Disgruntled Dem Wants Geithner, Summers Sacked

Peter DeFazio says White House betrayed Main St. for Wall St.
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 10:42 AM CST

Rep. Peter DeFazio wants Barack Obama to fire the Larry Summers and “Timmy Geithner” for being Wall Street lap dogs, and says there’s a “growing consensus” in the Progressive Caucus that agrees with him. Summers and Geithner oppose a Progressive proposal to use unspent TARP funds to create jobs through infrastructure projects. “We think it is time, maybe, that we turn our focus to Main Street,” the Oregon Democrat tells MSNBC’s Ed Shultz.

He added that Geithner wouldn’t answer his questions about the AIG bailout during his congressional testimony—DeFazio’s furious that Goldman Sachs got paid off in on the bets it made with AIG. He said that these days Summers' and Geithner’s names draw boos in the Progressive Caucus, which may soon formally ask Obama to fire them. “We may have to sacrifice just two more jobs to get millions back for Americans,” he concludes. (More Peter DeFazio stories.)

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