Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cordray for Clinton the Ohio Pol Would Be a Stellar Choice for VP

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cordray for Clinton the Ohio Pol Would Be a Stellar Choice for VP

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Ohio once rivaled Virginia as the "mother of presidents." But in recent years, because of its strategic importance in presidential elections, Ohio has emerged as a mother to potential vice presidents. Sen. Rob Portman, former Gov. Ted Strickland and Sen. Sherrod Brown have all been on various short or long lists to be the running mates of their party's nominees in the last three presidential cycles. Gov. John Kasich could surely have been on Donald Trump's short list this year if he'd wanted to be.

In this election, it well may be that "as Ohio goes, so goes the nation." Now another Ohio name has emerged from the Great Mentioners in Washington and the trade union movement: Richard Cordray - director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His name should move, swiftly, to the so-called "short list" of four or five potential running mates for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The CFPB was created after the financial meltdown to protect Americans from unscrupulous business and banking practices. Some 25 million Americans have been helped by the agency, and an estimated $11.4 billion in relief has been recovered for citizens who were ripped off. It's an agency that actually works.

Mr. Cordray, who helped set up the agency with Elizabeth Warren, has gotten high marks from almost everyone, even those on the political right who feel the agency has occasionally been too aggressive, as a highly competent manager and an articulate and fair-minded advocate.

But vice president? Isn't that a leap? Most Democrats think of Mr. Cordray as an uber policy wonk, not a powerful political force. In fact, Mr. Cordray was a politician first. He has been a state legislator, a county treasurer, Ohio's state treasurer and Ohio's attorney general, as well as the state's first solicitor general.

Mr. Cordray has won two statewide races in Ohio. He lost his re-election bid for AG narrowly. He can make the case that he is a proven vote-getter in Ohio, as well as possessing what Ms. …

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