Come on, throw your name in Treasury hat!
Pssst ... Want to be the next U.S. Treasury Secretary? Apparently there may be some room for a dark horse candidate. At a Wall Street Journal "CEO Council" gathering Tuesday, top executives in the audience were asked: Who should be the next Secretary of the Treasury?
Using electronic devices at their chairs, 93 CEOs responded (anonymously) to the question, according to a blog posting by the Journal from the event. Tim Geithner, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, won a plurality of the vote with 37 percent of the CEOs. And the rest?
* 18 percent to Geithner's former boss, ex-Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.
* 10 percent to former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, who frankly can do more good helping the Obama Administration think through its strategy than stand in front of a podium defending it.
Here's the clincher. "None of the above" came just one vote shy of Geithner, the Journal blog says, drawing more than 35 percent of the vote.
Okay readers: Any ideas for a stronger candidate to head Bailouts 'R Us?
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist