John Ransom

Look for Maxine to continue to lobby for the top Democrat spot on the finance committee; look for Maloney to wait in the background for an ethics charge to undo Maxine; and look for the GOP to keep up enough pressure to embarrass the Democrats, but not quite alive enough to do Maxine in, just yet.

Late summer 2014 should be time enough to pillory That Old Socialist in front of a TV audience full of millions of registered voters.

“As the next most senior member of the committee, the current ranking member on the Capital Markets Subcommittee and the former chairwoman of the Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, I hope to use my experience to continue and expand his work in the committee,” said Waters in a statement on Frank’s retirement as reported in Politico. “I will continue to champion practical regulations, while making sure they work for consumers and the financial sector, a sector which has the right to be profitable but the obligation to be fair, two concepts which are not mutually exclusive.”

Those aren’t her only qualifications, either.

Her husband sat on the board and had stock in minority-owned OneUnited Bank, which has the distinction of being one of the few banks to ask the US Treasury for a bailout and not getting it...initially. But then on second thought, after the Maxine Brigade got to work, the Treasury finally coughed up $12 million.  

Waters set up a meeting with then-secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, and the CEO of OneUnited Bank CEO, along with her grandson, who also acts as her chief of staff when he’s not advising the secretary of the Treasury on banking matters.

Banking talent runs deep in the Waters family.

But perhaps the biggest gift to Republicans will be that Waters was and still is a huge fan of Fannie Mae.

Human Events ranks Maxine’s defense of Fannie as number five in the top ten most outrageous statements Waters has ever made:

As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Waters played a key role in allowing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s reckless actions that led to the housing meltdown.  Here is Waters, at a 2004 congressional hearing, (and yes, that is the same “Frank” Raines that vastly overstated Fannie Mae’s earnings in order to receive $90 million in bonuses).  “We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines.”

Going forward, they may want to rethink that ranking.

And so should the GOP.

Maxine Waters should be the poster child for the NRCC in 2014.


John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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