President Obama hopes to persuade Maine's two senators and several other Republican lawmakers to break party ranks and help confirm his nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.Remember in 2008 when Collins ran on a platform of blocking qualified nominees to extract political concessions? Me neither.
A Senate vote is expected this week, but so far Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are apparently not budging.
Both have said they are concerned about oversight of the bureau.
Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is Obama's nominee to head the bureau.
Collins has met with Cordray and found him to be "an intelligent, qualified individual," said Kevin Kelley, Collins' spokesman.
But then maybe there's another explanation for what's going on here?
Collins is disappointed "the White House is choosing to make this a partisan issue," Kelley said.Got that? The Obama administration has the temerity to try to stand up a regulatory agency mandated by law--a law Collins voted for--and they're the ones engaged in partisan politics.