Yesterday, former President Barack Obama stumped for Democrat Richard Cordray in Cleveland.
But in the course of typical Obama-standard eloquent and articulate remarks, the former Commander-in-Chief seems to have glossed over a bunch of flaws in Cordray’s record that directly contradict Obama’s portrayal of him.
In yesterday’s speech, Obama characterized Republicans as “try[ing] to pit one against another.” While the comment was ostensibly relevant to immigration policy, Cincinnati-based GOP consultant Dan Blum who works on financial services regulatory issues and is a Cordray critic pointed out in an email to Ohio political reporters that “there were… lots of politics being played inside Cordray’s CFPB,” which allegedly included “loads of discrimination against conservative or Republican employees at the CFPB.”
Blum’s assertion was backed up by a former CFPB employee-turned-whistleblower in an email seen by Muckraker.
That whistleblower, and some former colleagues, have become Cordray’s fiercest– if not entirely visible– critics in the race for governor. They assert that Cordray oversaw a toxic work environment where employees were routinely pitted against each other and discrimination was rampant.
When Obama nominated Cordray to head the CFPB, he said that “We can’t let politics stand in the way of doing the right thing in Washington.”
But according to reports, as CFPB Chief, Cordray ran an agency that “was hit with an unprecedented number of complaints under Cordray’s watch, including alleged discrimination against women, blacks, older workers, immigrants and gays.”
That is in addition to anti-Republican and anti-conservative discrimination, which was allegedly the worst and most prevalent discrimination within the bureau.