37-year-old Joseph Alcoff is facing charges in Philadelphia for aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation as well as being part of an Antifa mob that attacked two Marines, among other things.
The marines attacked Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both Hispanic were attacked by Alcoff and two others, however, Democratic officials are put in the difficult situation of having to distance themselves from Alcoff, who was until recently, a well-connected aspiring political playing in Washington, according to Fox News.
Alcoff reportedly had his hand in multiple key policy proposals and his endorsements apparently played a role in several congressional Democrats decision to issue press releases with their backing to bills that regulated payday lenders.
“As the payday campaign manager for the liberal group Americans for Financial Reform, Alcoff participated in congressional Democratic press conferences, was a guest on a House Democratic podcast and met with senior officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2016 through 2018,” Fox News reported.
Additionally, Alcoff is was pictured with now-House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, both of whom oversee financial regulation policies that Alcoff was supporting.
— AFR (@RealBankReform) March 16, 2016
Alcoff was reportedly an Antifa leader in 2016 and 2017 during which time he met with CFPB Director Richard Cordray and other senior CFPB officials according to Fox News.
During one appearance, the aspiring Washingont insider dressed up as “Lenny the Loan Shark” at an event last March held outside the CFPB headquarters, which featured Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va according to Fox.
“The congressman has never interacted with him nor has he taken any financial policy advice from him. Their names have appeared on the same piece of paper,” Beyer spokesman Aaron Fritschner told Fox News. “He appeared at the same press conference, but they didn’t speak to each other. This person was literally wearing a shark outfit.”
However, Alcoff’s former employer was less than forthcoming about his now disgraced former employee.
“As of December, Mr. Alcoff no longer works for AFR,” Carter Dougherty, spokesman for Americans for Financial Reform, told Fox News in an email.