WASHINGTON Jan 22 Russ Feingold, Democratic
Senator from Wisconsin, said on Friday he would vote against
confirming Ben Bernanke for a second term as Federal Reserve
"Under the watch of Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve
permitted grossly irresponsible financial activities that led
to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression,"
Feingold said in a statement.
"When the full Senate considers his nomination, I will vote
against another term for Chairman Bernanke," he said.
Bernanke's current four-year term as head of the Fed -- the
U.S. central bank -- expires on Jan. 31.