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Attorney General Cordray is deserving of a full term

Published: Thu, October 14, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’s challenger in the Nov. 2 general election, former U.S. Sen. Mike De-Wine, says that voters don’t need a compelling reason to elect him instead of the incumbent.

“The question is who can do a better job,” DeWine, the Republican nominee, argues.

We strongly disagree. The issue in the race for attorney general is about performance, and in this regard Democrat Cordray passes with flying colors.

No one knows whether DeWine can do a better job because it has been three decades since he was involved in the full-time practice of law. That was when he was Greene County prosecutor. He went on to the Ohio Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, served as lieutenant governor and was in the U.S. Senate. He now runs his family business.

Cordray, who won a special election in 2008 to fill the unexpired term of disgraced Attorney General Marc Dann of Liberty Township, served as Ohio’s first solicitor general, U.S. Supreme Court attorney, state treasurer, state representative and Franklin County treasurer.

But, it is his record as Ohio’s attorney general that sets him apart from DeWine.

The office was in the hands of Ohio State University Law School Dean Nancy Rogers for five months after Dann resigned because of an extramarital affair with a staff member and after three of his aides were fired or forced out when an investigation found evidence of sexual harassment and other misconduct.

While Rogers restored order in the office and prevented its collapse, Cordray had to rebuild the credibility of what had become a dysfunctional operation under Dann.

He has done that, and more.

As attorney general, Cordray has been aggressive in dealing with issues that affect the people of Ohio.

For example, in the Mahoning Valley, where the attorney general has an office in downtown Youngstown, Cordray was actively involved in the Forum Health bankruptcy and ensured that the interest of the public was protected in the sale of North Side Medical Center, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Hillside Rehabilitation. He also was very involved in the General Motors/Chrysler bankruptcy and has gone to bat for the Delphi retirees.

Cordray’s willingness to take on major cases with national and international implications has received wide attention.

The New York Times had this to say:

“Mr. Cordray in two years in office has demonstrated a willingness to sue early and often, filing lawsuits against global financial houses, rating agencies, subprime lenders and foreclosure scammers. He has wrested about $2 billion so far, a string of gilded pelts: a $475 million Merrill Lynch settlement, $400 million from Marsh & McLennan and $725 million from the American International Group.

“Last week, he filed suit against GMAC Mortgage, accusing the loan servicer of filing fraudulent affidavits in hundreds of Ohio foreclosures.

“His office has returned money to investors, pension funds, schools and cities. And he has directed millions to agencies fighting foreclosure.”

How do you ignore such a record? You don’t.

BCI operation

As for DeWine’s contention that Cordray has mismanaged the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation’s laboratory, we believe the incumbent when says that major strides have been made to improve the operation and productivity of the lab.

BCI has long been the subject of criticism, and the backlog of chemical, DNA and forensic biology testing has long existed. Cordray has data showing that there has been reduction in the cases since he took office in November 2008.

The Vindicator strongly endorses Cordray for a full term as attorney general.


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2palbubba(802 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"BCI has long been a subject of criticism". That means at least as long as he has been in office. "we believe the incumbent when he says that major strides have been made to improve the operation and productivity of the lab." The translation is "It's still broke" What major strides? Generalitys do not trump results. Watch what they do, not listen to what they say. Another junk piece by the Vindy.

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3MD1533(25 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Cordray will not fight ObamaCare for us! We're voting all incumbents out of office and send a strong message to Washington! Join Us! Period!

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4saddad(652 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

What a rediculous term-"Obamacare"! What's that mean- a little bit of health care maybe for the other guy and his kids that makes you worry about your medicare and scooter store purchases-?

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5TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

There is no way to argue against what Cordray's record in office. He has been nothing but a champion for Ohio and its citizens.

Look beyond the party labels and really look at the record. The man is the symbol for the best of Ohio.

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6Education_Voter(1153 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

If you have been ripped off as a consumer, do not hesitate to e-mail Cordray's office, especially if you are a senior.

Trac-fone took $88.00 dollars from my mother for cell phone minutes, and refused to give her the minutes because she dialed in a wrong digit. I called them to point out that they knew the minutes were from her, as she used her registered credit card to buy them.

They curtly hung up.

After Cordray's office called, they were eating out of my hand, and couldn't do enough for her. She ended up with 6 months of minutes for her trouble.
Thanks for caring, Mr. Cordray.

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