The Republican Governors Association (RGA) is trying once again to taint, poison or derail former Ohio Attorney General and current head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Richard Cordray’s long rumored candidacy for Ohio governor next year.
The RGA said on Tuesday that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records that would show whether Cordray is actively pursuing a run. Doing that while running the CFPB would potentially violate the Hatch Act, a law that bars some in the executive branch from participating in political activity while serving.
RGA’s public records “request seeks information including correspondence between Cordray and prominent Democratic operatives in the state; a copy of Cordray’s government-issued cell and office phone records from June 1 through the present and a copy of Cordray’s schedule from June 1 on,” reports say.
This is the second public records request the organization has made in the last two weeks. Earlier in August, the group requested that Cordray turn over all e-mails between his office and a wide variety of people in Ohio, including former Ohio Democratic Chairman David Leland, Democratic fundraiser Melissa Barnhart, Cleveland Plain Dealer political columnist Brent Larkin and GateHouse Media, owners of The Dispatch, The Canton Repository and other Ohio newspapers.
Reports said the Republican governor’s group send the second request after WVXU reported that Cordray discussed the Ohio governor’s race with the chair of the Hamilton County Democratic party.
“Ohioans deserve to know whether Richard Cordray is using his Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office for political gain at the expense of taxpayers,” said RGA Communications Director Jon Thompson, according to the Dayton Daily News.
Kasich, Not Cordray
Maybe the RGA should turn its attention to how much taxpayer money Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a long-time establishment lane Republican, spent last year traveling out of state on his long loosing run for president?
Maybe the RGA should focus on how involved Gov. Kasich was when his closest political insiders mounted a successful campaign to toss Ohio Libertarian Party candidate Charlie Earl off the primary ballot in 2014, when the one-term governor won a second term and built a rationale for running for president?
Maybe the RGA should ask why Ohio’s now term-limited, lame duck leader, who faces another firing squad next week when GOP state senators gather to override some of his vetoes from the last budget battle, engaged in campaign tactics in New Hampshire, where Kasich finished a distant second to Donald Trump last year, that smacked of deceit and skulduggery?
Maybe the RGA should challenge Kasich on why he’s turned a blind eye to the theft of millions in fees from hedge fund managers who have delivered in returns for retirees while absconding with millions upon millions in sky high fees?
Maybe the RGA should seek information on why Kasich has allowed for-profit charter schools to rip off Ohio, year after year, for hundreds of millions of dollars when they deliver an inferior product that does little to educate Ohio’s next generation?
The list of what the RGA could seek truth on as it relates to Kasich’s time in office is as long as the summer solstice. Richard Cordray will have his day of reckoning, one way or another. He’ll either enter the Democratic race for governor or he won’t.
For the RGA to try to make an issue over Hatch Act details shows their complete, unabashed myopia on issues that Donald Trump and John Kasich would fail with flying colors if put to the test.