sinking Treasury Department their names from nomination:
WASHINGTON — Two candidates for top positions at the Treasury Department have withdrawn from consideration, according to people familiar with the matter.
Annette Nazareth, who was expected to be tapped as deputy secretary, has taken her name out of the running, these people said.
In addition, Mr. Geithner’s pick for undersecretary for international affairs, Caroline Atkinson, has also withdrawn.
The withdrawals are the latest stumbling block for Mr. Geithner, who has struggled to build a staff. Aside from Mr. Geithner, the department doesn’t have a single nominated official in place.
People familiar with the decision say Ms. Nazareth withdrew in large part because of the long vetting process. But there was also some concern on Capitol Hill about her previous role at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Perhaps they’ve been looking at the Dow. Or maybe they haven’t paid their taxes, either.
It’s beginning to look to me as though Tim Geithner’s honeymoon, such as it was, is already over and he will have a very short tenure as Secretary of the Treasury. I give him four months.