Dems say foes don't want woman at consumer agency

By the Associated Press | June 2, 2011 | 1:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats are charging that Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is because she is a woman.

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank said Thursday that some of the opposition to Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren's nomination is because of a feeling that a woman should not tell bankers what to do. He said some think it is inappropriate for a woman to play an important role regulating "titans of the financial industry."

Senate Republicans have said they will block any nominee to head the agency unless its powers are watered down.

At a Democratic news conference, California Rep. Lynn Woolsey said she believes Warren's gender has played a role in the confirmation standoff.