With the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Richard Cordray’s term coming to an end next year, there has been a lot of discussion on whether or not the Ohio native will make a run for the governorship, despite remaining silent on the matter.
This weekend the director attended the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, where he spoke about income inequalities that Americans face. He did not, however, answer a question directed toward him about his potential gubernatorial bid, according to the Washington Post. Cordray has recently been under fire to go public with his intentions.
The most recent prod came from Senator Jeb Hensariling (R-Texas), who wrote the director demanding, “your categorical denial that political consideration have informed any aspect of your decisions, orders, and communications relating to the rule; your assurance that all records relating to this rulemaking will be preserved; and confirmation that you intend to serve your full statutory term as Bureau Director, or, if you do not intend to serve your full term, confirmation of the date on which you intend to resign from office. The letter was spurred when two separate publications reported on separate instances that Cordray was attempting to fast-track rules through the CFPB.
The Republican Governor’s Association has also attempted to obtain information via the Freedom of Information as to whether or not Cordray had been in contact with the Chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, as well as copies of correspondence he may have had from his @consumerfinance.gov email.
When asked about his intention at the Labor Day festivities, Cordray brushed the question off, according to the Washington Post. “I don’t have anything to say about that,” he said.