Cordray, supposedly "non-political", engaged in political activity

Remember when President Downgrade used an illegal recess appointment to install former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Cordray has already demonstrated he can’t be trusted to keep out of politics in his new job, despite what he told the US Senate during his confirmation hearings.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray vowed during his confirmation hearings that he would keep politics separate from his work, adding that “the work of a federal independent agency and law enforcement work, in particular, must be completely absolved of politics.”

But Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, nonetheless gave $500 to a candidate for Franklin County recorder in December, while his confirmation was pending before the U.S. Senate.
But for Cordray, whose agency is an independent one, political involvement — even writing a check for a local candidate “is a very bad idea,” according to Richard Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota who served as the chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush from February 2005 to July 2007.

One wonders when Chris Redfern, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman and pirate fanatic, will call for Cordray to resign.

Why would he do that? Because last month, he called for the Ohio Inspector General to step down for practically the exact same behavior.

In an interview with The Plain Dealer, Redfern called for Meyer’s head for appearing as the featured speaker at a Clinton County Republican fundraiser last week, saying he has compromised the integrity of the independent office.

“The guy’s got to go,” Redfern said.

Also raising questions about Meyer’s appearance was House Minority Leader Armond Budish, a Beachwood Democrat, who called it “outrageous” for Meyer to be involved in raising money on behalf of Republicans.

Created in 1990, the Ohio Inspector General’s office is an independent, nonpartisan watchdog who investigates allegations of wrongdoing in offices controlled by the governor. A former auditor under Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor when she was state auditor, Meyer was appointed by Republican Gov. John Kasich in January 2011.

Making a political donation is just as much a political activity as attending a fundraiser. I can’t even really disagree with Democrats Redfern and Budish on their demands for Meyer to step down. They have a plausible point.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern

So, where are their demands for Richard Cordray, a possible opponent to Governor John Kasich in 2014, to resign? The guy’s got to go.


Chris Redfern and the Ohio Democratic party have shown themselves to be hyprocrites, over and over again. Apparently, their silence regarding Cordray’s misbehavior is just one more example to add to the list.

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Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.

3 thoughts on “Cordray, supposedly "non-political", engaged in political activity”

  1. Cordray’s appointment was pending, unlike the IG who was already in office. There’s a clear difference between the two.

  2. Cordray is clearly a very capable guy. But he is the most raging wannabe I have ever seen in nearly 50 years of watching Franklin County politics. He has been elected, but generally he is a real underperformer at the polls. I think he has overreached in many ways on this consumer bureau post, and that it will ill serve him in the future. Normally, I would be happy to think that he would run for governor, because I don’t think he would be statewide electable in any normal year. But:

    Months ago, as the unions began to personalize the SB5 issue and make Kasich the demon water carrier for all that they hate, I said that if Kasich didn’t come out swinging, hard and personal, and take it that way all the way to the election, not only would he lose the SB 5 contest (which he did) but the d-rats would be rolling downhill towards delivering Ohio back to Obama, and Strickland back to the Statehouse. Substitute Cordray for Strickland in that last sentence, and the outcome is the same for Kasich (although if he wants to run again, Strickland will smash Cordray like a bug – the gravy train rat boys and girls have already had too much experience with the sugar that Ted offers.)

    I like John Kasich, but he had better come off of the dime, and settle this business with DeWhine/Husted (and the Wolfes, by the way) right now, in public, win or lose, ugly or pretty, or start making some calls to see if he can still get his old office at the Fox news channel, because he’s done: toast.

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