The Spectrum: Democratic candidate for governor Rich Cordray weighs in on Statehouse scandals

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The upheaval at the Ohio Statehouse — the payday lending scandal and the controversy surrounding the now-defunct ECOT charter school — is getting a lot of attention from Democrats on the campaign trail, including gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.

“We have a state legislature that is not functioning because of public corruption and pay-to-play on Capitol Square,” Cordray said. “What I think is most aggravating is the Republican officials across the state government have done nothing to end this and nothing to intervene.”

Cordray said he believes the payday lending scandal stems directly from how lobbyists were able to influence lawmakers and that Ohio has some of the worst payday lending laws in the country.

“This is what happens when you have one-party rule and people get complacent and start trading legislative favors for campaign contributions,” Cordray said. “We need new people to come in and create checks and balances.”

You can watch Cordray’s full interview above.

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