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Geithner’s Hand Picked Deputy at Treasury Drops Out

March 6, 2009

The Obama Administration continues a trend tonight: unable to fill top government jobs with qualified and clean candidates.

Today, Sanjay Gupta took his name out of consideration as the only nominee as Sergeon General.  Gupta said he wanted to dedicate more time to his work at CNN but friends say he can’s give up his fat CNN pay check for the meager government pay.

At Treasury, Secretary Timothy “Can’t Work Turbotax” Geithner’s hand-picked deputy pulled her name out of consideration and will join Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Gupta and others in non-government work….

Good thing this is the administration of “hope.”  We hope it works…..

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/04/news
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Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s top pick to be his deputy withdrew from consideration Thursday, a setback for the agency as it confronts the worst financial crisis in decades.

Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, withdrew after several interviews and vetting of her financial history, a person familiar with Nazareth’s decision said.

But this person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Geithner never publicly named Nazareth as his choice, said no problems with her taxes or other issues arose.

Nazareth, a partner at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, could not be reached for comment. Treasury and White House officials would not comment on the matter.

Nazareth’s withdrawal from consideration comes as critics say Geithner’s lacks the senior staff he needs to make critical decisions about the financial crisis. Not one of his top 17 deputies has been named, let alone confirmed.

Without senior leadership, lower-level Treasury employees can’t make decisions or represent the government in crucial conversations with banks and others.

At a Senate hearing Thursday about failed insurance giant American International Group Inc. — which has received four separate bailouts totaling more than $170 billion — Sen. Chris Dodd said he had asked Treasury for someone to appear, but that no one was available.

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Geithn
ers-choice-for-deputy-apf-14560893.html

Related:
$anjay Gupta Out of the Running for Surgeon General — Cha-Ching!

$anjay Gupta Out of the Running for Surgeon General — Cha-Ching!

March 5, 2009

CNN Where are you?  Fox News is reporting that Sanjay Gupta may have taken his own name out of the mix for Surgeon General….He apparently does do the math, unlike Timothy Geithner, and has decided he makes too much money at CNN to help out his president and his country…….What a great American!  Cha-Ching!

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/05/pag
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Despite the initial fanfare, Sanjay Gupta looks to be out of the running for the post of surgeon general, according to the director of the group representing Gupta’s would-be health team. 

Jerry Farrell, who heads the Commissioned Officers Association, told FOXNews.com Thursday that CNN’s chief medical correspondent is known to have taken himself out of consideration. 

“The general consensus from everybody is Gupta is no longer in contention … it’s more he’s withdrawing himself,” Farrell said, citing conversations he’s had with “well-placed” individuals. 

SanjayFarrell’s group represents the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, which the surgeon general oversees. 

He said hopeful candidates have been calling his organization’s office since last week expressing their interest in the post after word got out that “the bidding process was open again.” 

A spokeswoman for CNN had no comment on Gupta’s standing, and Farrell said he has not spoken with Gupta personally. 

But considering two months have passed since CNN acknowledged Gupta was being vetted for the post, information about the progress of the surgeon general nomination is curiously scarce in Washington. 

“No one has yet been nominated or confirmed for the surgeon general position, and we’ve heard nothing,” said Jennifer Buschick, a spokeswoman with the Office of the Surgeon General. 

“We never [announced] a candidate for the post, and I don’t have any updates at this time,” a White House aide wrote in an e-mail to FOXNews.com. 

Farrell said he’s been told Gupta had misgivings about both the pay-cut he would have to take and the fact that he might be reporting to two high-level bosses. 

Gupta’s name surfaced after President Obama had tapped former Sen. Tom Daschle to be health secretary and the head of the new White House Office of Health Reform. Farrell said Gupta was apparently offered a dual position in the White House health reform office as well — and would have been serving under Daschle in both cases. 

But after Daschle withdrew his name because of tax problems, Obama subsequently nominated separate candidates for health secretary and health reform office director — meaning Gupta could have had two different bosses with different sets of priorities. 

“The parameters of the job were no longer clear and perhaps not as appealing,” Farrell said. “I just think the ground shifted underneath Dr. Gupta.” 

Then there was the pay cut. 

As surgeon general, Gupta would make about $153,000, according to public information on federal salaries. It’s unclear what Gupta’s contracts are currently worth, but the surgeon general salary would be considerably less. 

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100d
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