With Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner reportedly considering leaving his post as early as this summer, speculation about his potential successor has centered on several candidates, including one prominent Virginian — Sen. Mark Warner (D).

Noting Warner’s background as a businessman, the Wall Street Journal suggested last week that Warner or former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles “could be tapped, as both have extensive relationships with Republicans and have tried to broker deficit-reduction deals.”

But even if the job were offered to him, Warner says he’s not interested.

Calling the idea “idle speculation,” Warner told NBC12 in Richmond Wednesday he hoped he could “add some value” to the economic debate from his current perch in the Senate.

“I would not consider that kind of opportunity,” Warner said of the Treasury post. “I don’t think it’s a realistic opportunity anyway.”