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Just days after touting her tough-on-banks record, Democratic presidential contender Kamala Harris is facing renewed criticism from California housing advocates for her reluctance to help victims of predatory lending practices when they needed her.
Faith Bautista, president and CEO of the National Asian American Coalition (NAAC), spoke out against Harris's celebration last week of the recently paid out housing settlement in an interview with RealClearPolitics, complaining that she was a "coward" when they needed her to stand up to California's Democratic governor Jerry Brown.
Harris - State - Attorneys - Settlement - Mortgage
In 2012, Harris and other state attorneys general negotiated a $20 billion settlement with major mortgage lenders over their role in the 2009 financial crisis. While the settlement money was meant to provide relief to struggling homeowners, then-governor Brown had his own plans, diverting $331 million to pay off state debts.
Brown's move outraged the non-profit organizations that the settlement was supposed to help, including Bautista's NAAC, which joined other minority groups in suing Brown over the misspent funds.
RealClearPolitics - Susan - Crabtree
From RealClearPolitics' Susan Crabtree:
"She's a coward. It's political," Bautista said of Harris, opining that the first-term senator is reluctant to publicly stand up to Brown, who endorsed her in the crowded 2016 Senate primary when she and then-Rep. Loretta Sanchez were the top two contenders in a field of 34 candidates running to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.
God - Blessing - Case - Bautista - Decision
"Luckily, with God's blessing, we won the case without her," Bautista said of a decision last month by the California Supreme Court to let a lower court's ruling in her organization's favor stand.
Bautista's comments came after Harris expressed pride in a court-ordered foreclosure relief fund announced by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Brown - Administration - Case
The Brown administration eventually lost the case,...
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