Skip to comments.Richard Cordray's 'Heroes' Occupy Banks and Private Homes
Posted on 12/05/2011 4:10:53 PM PST by jakecutter
Richard Cordray's 'Heroes' Occupy Banks and Private Homes
By John Berlau on 12.5.11 @ 6:09AM
Obama consumer nominee's long support of radical East Side Organizing Project.
When asked about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in October, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren praised it to the hilt. "I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do," she told the Daily Beast. Yet when pressed in November on the OWS adherents' increasingly violent tactics, she told a Boston TV interviewer: "Everybody has to follow the law. There's no exception on that."
But Warren's apparent disavowal of the tactics of OWS and like-minded community organizers may not be shared by Richard Cordray, President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that Warren designed. Cordray has long supported ESOP, formerly known as the East Side Organizing Project, an Ohio housing advocacy group that has distinguished itself by storming into banks and launching plastic "shark attacks" on the lawns of private homes. ESOP's leaders brag about what they call their "organized hits" on banks and other targets, which have included the home of the late Congressman and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp.
As Ohio treasurer and attorney general, Cordray lobbied for state and federal funding for ESOP and publicly praised funders of the group as "the real heroes." And in a highly unusual move for a nominee awaiting confirmation, Cordray returned to Ohio in October to be the keynote speaker at the group's gala dinner.
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