There was no love lost in the 2010 partisan battle over the Dodd-Frank financial-reform law — and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in particular. But the debate managed to forge at least one unexpected relationship across party lines — between Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who tried to craft a compromise on the bureau, and freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who was then lobbying for the agency. Now that she's in the Senate, Warren is relying on Corker to help show her the ropes. On the campaign trail, she showed interest in working with him on reforming housing finance. After Warren won, Corker called to talk about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the first legislation she signed on to was a Fannie/Freddie reform bill he was leading. She then chose him to be her GOP mentor. "I'll be candid; I was flattered that her first bill that she decided to be a lead cosponsor on was one that we crafted," he told National Journal. Corker said the two have dined together twice. Given their shared enthusiasm for the Banking Committee, he said, he hopes they can collaborate on other issues.
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
The special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District between Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch took a bizarre turn this week, after Sanford acknowledged he trespassed on his former wife's property, prompting her to file a court complaint. In a statement, Sanford said he entered his ex-wife's home so his 14-year-old son wouldn't have to watch the Super Bowl alone. That misstep was enough for the National Republican Congressional Committee to announce it wouldn't be spending money on Sanford's behalf, putting his prospects in further jeopardy. The revelations came the same week Sanford released his first ad of the general election, a tough spot denouncing Colbert Busch's close ties to labor unions. It is his first attack ad; all the TV spots in the primary were positive and biographical. The decision to go negative suggests a close race. Democratic strategists believe Sanford runs poorly with Republican women, giving the party a real opportunity for an upset.