With concerns about a potentially contentious confirmation process for Elizabeth Warren, the White House is considering her close associates for the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A report by Reuters says that administration aides disagree over how the President should approach this closely watched appointment, especially heading into a re-election year.
Some aides feel that the by nominating a close associate of Warren, the President can appoint a person who would utilize her counsel in shaping the agency while avoiding the opposition of a Warren appointment from those who feel she is too confrontational toward the financial industry.
Sources have indicated that while Warren is still under consideration for the post, the White House has also sought her input about other candidates that could be considered. Some high profile candidates, including former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, have already declined to be considered for the position, expressing their support for Warren.