Speaking at the American Bankers Association conference on Wednesday, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) expressed some...strong feelings about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
On Wednesday, the Congressman, who is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, called Warren “the Darth Vader of the financial services world" and told an audience of bankers that they needed to “find a way to neuter” her, according to a tweet by Washington Examiner writer Joseph Lawler.
Warren responded to being likened to the Star Wars villain on MSNBC with the following invitation: "If Wall Street and their buddies in the Republican party want to launch an assault on financial regulations...all I can say is, let's have that fight. I'm ready. I am not backing down."
Luetkemeyer, on the other hand, recently sponsored the CLEAR Act, a bill that would deregulate community banks. He has also led multiple congressional efforts to protect the "payday loan" industry, which targets low-income individuals with ultra-high interest rates that some consider to be exploitative, according to left-leaning news site AlterNet.