The Politics of Geithner
Jim Tedisco, the Republican candidate in the special election in New York’s 20th Congressional District, has seized onto the AIG bonus outrage and is upping the ante basically every day. Yesterday, he demanded the resignation of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and knocked his Democratic opponent, Scott Murphy, for not doing the same.
In these challenging times, our country can ill-afford to have a treasury secretary who does not command the full confidence and trust of the American people. The American people are mad as hell over the way AIG, Wall Street and Washington have broken their promises and betrayed their trust.
This is political jujitsu, Tedisco trying to turn a Murphy attack — that all the Republican says is “no” — into populist cred.