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VIDEO: Richard Cordray Booed at Cincinnati Candidate Forum

The Ohio Democrat thought attacking a rival candidate was a good strategy. He was wrong.

By NTK Staff | 03.13.2018 @11:00am

A chorus of boos rained down on Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray at a candidate forum in Cincinnati on Saturday, after he attacked another candidate in the race.

Cordray, a Democrat who formerly served as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama, left his post in November to pursue the Ohio governorship. He also served as Ohio’s attorney general and treasurer, each for two-year stints.

During remarks at the candidate forum, Cordray ripped into his fellow Democrats for lacking “executive experience.” Cordray saved his harshest criticisms for the one other candidate with that experience, former congressman and mayor of Cleveland, Dennis Kucinich.

“Dennis was the mayor of Cleveland for two years,” Cordray said. “And he made kind of a mess of things. He put that city in financial default for the only time in its history and was voted out of office.”

Upon hearing Cordray’s unprovoked attacks, forum attendees and fellow Democrats immediately began booing and shouting down Cordray.

“Did he, or did he not put the city into financial default?” Cordray asked, raising his voice to be heard over the crowd. “I think it’s a fact, okay?”

Kucinich served as mayor of Cleveland from 1977 to 1979 and in the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2013. He ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004 and 2008, failing to garner significant support either time.

The Democrats are running to replace Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), who is term limited. On the Republican side, Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine is the leading candidate.

The Ohio primary will be held on May 8.

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