Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) said Friday that "a lot of people want to jump off" and follow Christina Romer out of the Obama administration.
"When you see a ship starting to sink, a lot of people want to jump off," the congressman said on Fox Business Network. "And she is one."
Romer, chairwoman of the president's council of economic advisers, announced Thursday that she was leaving Washington and returning to an economics teaching job at the University of California at Berkeley.
"This president is in deep doo-doo and I think a lot of people are saying, 'Hey, we've got to get out of here before we all look bad,'" Burton said.
The Indiana Republican added that he believes the country is headed for a double-dip recession.
"I think the unemployment rate will once again go above 10 percent," Burton said. "I wish it weren't so. If we had somebody like Ronald Reagan in the White House who knew what to do to get the economy moving maybe it wouldn't be that bad."