According to a Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper columnist close to the subject, Consumer Financial Protection Board director Richard Cordray (D), a former Ohio Attorney General, “is certain” to run for Governor and will enter the open race no later than September. Mr. Cordray is the first and only CFPB director. The organization was the brainchild of then-Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren. President Obama nominated her as the first Board director, but she could not overcome Republican confirmation opposition. The President then chose Mr. Cordray when it became obvious that Warren would fail to be confirmed. She, of course, would rebound to run for Senate and unseated then-Sen. Scott Brown in 2012. If Mr. Cordray does return to Ohio to run, he will already face four Democratic gubernatorial opponents, including former US Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Copley) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
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