Newt to GOP senators: Nix Geithner

A surprisingly assertive Newt Gingrich has come out and urged GOP senators to reject the nomination of Timothy Geithner for Secretary of the Treasury: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is challenging Senate Republicans to take on President Obama's nomination of Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary. Mr. Gingrich said Mr. Geithner's failure to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 should automatically disqualify him, and that if Mr. Obama doesn't withdraw the nomination Republicans should make a stand. "Senate Republicans should make it clear that they will not permit a tax evader to become the secretary of the Treasury," the Georgia Republican told The Washington Times. "Even after he was explicitly sent material telling him he had to pay them he did not do so." Gingrich had softened his partisan image the last few years and steered clear of the day to day scramble of politics for the most part. Why he would jump in with...(Read Full Post)