Kashkari prepares to leave Treasury after playing vital role

04/29/2009 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Neel Kashkari, who has led the Treasury's rescue operations, is preparing to leave the department this week, having played a crucial role in curbing the financial-system meltdown. Kashkari, a Republican, is receiving praise from Democrats, Obama officials and others about how he built the 135-strong financial-rescue operation. "I deeply admire the guy," Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in an interview. "I think he's a person of integrity. He's creative, pragmatic and gets stuff done." However, he also continues to be criticized for public relations blunders and focusing too much on helping Wall Street.

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