Ohio gubernatorial Democratic candidate Richard Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), would like to be known as “Richard the Lionhearted.”
“About name recognition, it’s been said tonight I am prince Richard. I would prefer Richard the Lionhearted” Cordray said, apparently referring to the 12th century English monarch, during a Democratic primary debate in Toledo, Ohio, Wednesday.
The question about name recognition was not directed at Cordray but toward Ohio Democratic state Sen. Joe Schiavoni. Cordray jumped in to offer a defense of his own name recognition, though he did not mention his time in federal office as the first CFPB chairman former President Barack Obama appointed.
“I’ve been earning name recognition for 20 years. I’ve been here to Toledo hundreds of times,” Cordray said. “I’ve worked with the mayor to save the jobs of police officers during the financial crisis. I worked to create the first human trafficking commission in this state. I worked with local officials to save homes during the foreclosure crisis. That’s how you earn name recognition.”
Fellow candidate and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill claimed the Democratic Party was trying to rig the race for Cordray 10 minutes before Cordray compared himself to the medieval crusader, rather than open the race to others who have liberal credentials.
“I am a union organizer [whose] been hit by a truck on a picket line, and I’ve served time in jail,” O’Neill said. “My running mate is a teacher. The Ohio federation of teachers refused to sit down with us because they’re getting ready for the coronation of Prince Richard. Understand what’s going on here, folks. The Ohio Democratic Party is trying to rig this election. It’s not going to work.”
O’Neill would drop out if Cordray, who didn’t resign from the CFPB until November, entered the governor’s race, the judge said of himself Nov. 15. He evidently changed his mind in early December, despite allegations of sexual harassment, which he dismissed as part of the “national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions.”
“As a candidate for Governor, let me save my opponents some research time,” O’Neill wrote in a Facebook post in 2017. “In the last  years, I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females. It ranged from a gorgeous blonde who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn and ended with a drop dead gorgeous red head from Cleveland. Now can we get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis.”
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