Larry Summers may leave White House econ job after election 

Obama hinted that he was rethinking his economic team yesterday, and today Bloomberg is reporting that Larry Summers may be on his way out the door:

White House officials expect Lawrence Summers to leave his job as the president’s National Economic Council director after November’s congressional elections, according to three people familiar with the matter.

His departure would leave Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as the only member of President Barack Obama’s original top-tier economic team. Summers, 55, and the president have discussed his future plans, according to one person.

Administration officials are weighing whether to put a prominent corporate executive in the NEC director’s job to counter criticism that the administration is anti-business, one person familiar with White House discussions said. White House aides are also eager to name a woman to serve in a high-level position, two people said. They also are concerned about finding someone with Summers’ experience and stature, one person said.

Now that the bloom is off the Obama rose, it will be really interesting to see what economists want to join the administration.

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