“Having said that, you’ve got Mike DeWine, who is an iconic name in politics; Jon Husted, who’s done a great job as secretary of state,” Davidson said about the incumbent attorney general and his running mate. “I think as we elect either team we’re going to get a great governor.”
Davidson then turned to the Democratic primary race, declaring he’s “highly concerned that Richard Cordray would end up governing our state.” Davidson critiqued Cordray’s tenure as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
“I think if you look at what his ideological biases are, (they) show up in how poorly run the CFPB was and how ideologically charged the CFPB was,” said Davidson. “It wasn’t just there to evenhandedly protect consumers.”
“I won’t be voting in the Democrat primary,” Davidson said, “but personally I think Kucinich, even though he’s probably ideologically in public left of Cordray, I think he’d be a better governor than Cordray would be.”
Cordray’s team responded to Davidson in a written statement from spokesman Mike Gwin, who said Cordray “took on big banks and financial institutions to return $12 billion to more than 30 million Americans who had been cheated or mistreated.”
“Standing up to special interests won’t make you popular in Washington — either with them or with the members of Congress like Rep. Davidson that they shower with political contributions — but it was the right thing to do, and it’ll be the exact approach Rich will take as governor,” Gwin said.
Kucinich is a former congressman from Cleveland who previously ran in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. Also running are former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman.
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