- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2006


Treasury Secretary John W. Snow has signaled to the White House he is ready to resign once President Bush has picked a successor, administration officials and people close to Mr. Snow said yesterday.

They said Mr. Snow has made clear he eventually intends to return to the private sector. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because Mr. Snow is not ready to discuss his plans publicly.

It’s unclear when Mr. Snow will offer his resignation, they said.

Treasury Department spokesman Tony Fratto declined to comment. “I don’t speculate on personnel matters,” he said.

Mr. Snow, 66, took over Treasury in February 2003.

He replaced Paul O’Neill, whose blunt-talking style came to irk the White House as well as some Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress. Unlike Mr. O’Neill, Mr. Snow hasn’t veered from the Bush economic line. Still, the White House is said to want a more effective salesman for the president’s economic policies.

People inside the administration said a replacement for Mr. Snow has not been settled upon.

Possible contenders who have been mentioned for the Treasury post include Stephen Friedman, who had served as director for Mr. Bush’s National Economic Council.

Another possibility: Don Evans, Mr. Bush’s former commerce secretary and a close personal friend of the president.

Yet another person being mentioned is David Mulford, who was appointed by Mr. Bush to be the U.S. ambassador to India. He served as undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department during the administration of Mr. Bush’s father.

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