Perriello supports call for Geithner's ouster

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.

Perriello is considered among the most endangered House Democrats. 

He told the Washington Post in May that he considers Geithner a clone of Henry Paulson, who served as Treasury Secretary during the Bush Administration. 

His Republican opponent, State Sen. Robert Hurt, took the opportunity Thursday to fire back.

"While it's great to see President Obama's favorite Democrat and lap dog throw shots at this Administration, Rep. Perriello's desperate election year conversion can't hide the fact that he has been a steadfast supporter of the Obama-Pelosi economic agenda while in Congress," said Hurt campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg.

This post was modified at 2 pm and 3:55 pm.

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