It appears the U.S. Senate finally came together this past
week to get something accomplished that was long overdue.
Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray
was confirmed as the first director of
the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
It was nearly two years ago that President Barack Obama
nominated Cordray to
head the agency that the White House says will lead consumer watchdog efforts.
Various reports previously noted that Senate members
didn’t have an overwhelming objection to Cordray himself, but rather concerns
were mostly about the agency and what it would be allowed to do.
There were also other concerns by Senate Republican
leaders about how Cordray was nominated during a congressional recess.
However, compromises were finally made and the Senate was
allowed to move forward with procedure, and Cordray was confirmed by a 66-34
All 54 Democratic senators voted to confirm Cordray, and
12 Republican senators, including Sen. Rob
from Ohio, joined them.
Regardless of one’s opinion, a yes or no vote was needed
on this matter, and it finally happened. Two years was long enough.
One other thing the nomination does is eliminate Cordray
as a potential Democratic candidate for Ohio governor.
Yes, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
has already announced he is running for
governor and is actively campaigning against Gov. John Kasich
But there was always that slight chance that Cordray might
enter the race if he was no longer involved with the federal position.
One of the first emails I received from politicians and
organizations was from FitzGerald’s campaign congratulating Cordray.
It was a sincere congratulations and statement, I’m sure,
but my hunch is there might be just the tiniest bit of relief from the
FitzGerald camp that this possibility of a serious primary opponent was pretty
U.S. Rep. Dave
, R-Russell Township was one of more than 80 members of
Congress from both parties who came together in Washington Thursday to announce
a reform package of nine bills aimed to improve efficiency and curb spending.
The bipartisan group is called the No Labels’ Congressional
Problem Solvers Coalition, which is honorarily chaired by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
, a Republican, and Sen. Joe Manchin
Joyce called the announcement and group’s formation “monumental,”
and hopes that it can lead to passing bills that at first may be considered
common sense, low-hanging fruit and with that building more trust and bipartisanship
to help end Washington gridlock.
More about the coalition can be found at www.nolabels.org
Willoughby Hills Councilman David Fiebig
hosts a free All American Family Picnic
including a special guest from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio, 5:30
to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at Campbell Park in Willoughby Hills.
for Painesville Township trustee, hosts an “Old-Time Backyard Barbecue” fundraiser
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at her home. See Susan or Ray McGuinness
Fundraiser for Mentor Councilman Ray
, 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 29 at Cabanas Restaurant in Mentor.
See George Maier
State Rep. Ron Young
Summer Sizzle fundraiser with special guest U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, 6 to 8 p.m.
July 29 at South River Winery in Harpersfield Township. See Young.
Lake County Commissioner Robert E.
, 10th Annual Ferrante Winery Celebration in Harpersfield
Township. 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 31. See Ernie
Mentor on the Lake Councilwoman Desirea
hosts a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Amvets
Post 109 in Mentor on the Lake. See Desirea or John Thompson
Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran,
first annual golf outing scramble, 11:30 a.m. lunch Aug. 15 at Madison Country
Club. See Kevin Malecek or Paul Miller.
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: Barack Obama, Dave Joyce, Ed FitzGerald, John Kasich, Ohio 14th Congressional District, Richard Cordray, Rob Portman, U.S. Senate