A Democratic operative close to former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray predicts "he will be back home in a month."
Cordray is currently the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington. Cordray took the helm of the agency through a recess appointment by President Obama.
His term expires at the end of the year unless he wins senate approval.
Republicans blocked Cordray's appointment in late 2011, insisting the agency create a bipartisan commission. Sen. Mike Crapo says many of his GOP colleagues will continue to oppose his appointment.
According to the Democratic operative, Cordray will return to Ohio "sooner than later" to begin a campaign for governor. "Technically he has until December, but he'll want to get started much sooner," the operative says.
If Cordray returns, it will likely be with the support of the president, the Democratic operative says. Cordray was one of the few top Democrats in Ohio in 2008 who supported Obama over Hillary Clinton in the primary.
In a December, 2010, interview on Capitol Square, Cordray made it clear he wanted to seek the state's top office.
"I do expect and want to be a candidate for office in four years," Cordray said. When asked if he would like to be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2014, Cordray responded, "That certainly could be, I would be interested in that."
"If Rich comes back with blessings from the White House, that will clear the field," the operative says.
Several other Democrats are exploring a bid for governor, including Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, former congresswoman Betty Sutton and congressman Tim Ryan.
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