WASHINGTON - John E. Ryan has headed the Resolution Trust Corp. during the two least controversial years of the thrift-bailout agency's existence. But he stills feels bruised by the experience.

"We have no political support anywhere, which makes us an extremely easy target," said the agency's acting chief executive officer, who returns next week to his old job as director of the Office of Thrift Supervision's Southeast region. "We're the agency everybody loves to hate, and that makes it difficult."

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