Wanted: a thick-skinned lawyer and consumer advocate willing to tackle the No. 2 job at a fledgling agency that consistently angers Republicans, powerful bankers and even some of its own employees.

That rough job description might characterize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's search for a permanent deputy director. The second-in-command to CFPB Director Richard Cordray is proving to be a tough job to fill, particularly in an election year.

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