When news broke last month that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had refinanced his mortgage through Cardinal Bank, the McLean-based bank was abuzz.
“We loved it,” said Bernard Clineburg, chairman and chief executive of Cardinal Bank. "We got a lot of e-mails and phone calls on that — I had no idea so many people paid attention to [Bernanke’s] finances.”
But by the next day, it was business as usual.
“People don’t care about who gets what, where — they just want a good deal for themselves,” Clineburg said. “We don’t get additional business because a big name comes in.”
Just ask the Bank of Georgetown, where Mitt Romney secured a $20 million loan for his campaign in August. Chairman Curtin Winsor III said business has remained unchanged since National Review Online revealed the source of the Republican presidential candidate’s loan a a few weeks ago.
“We have a number of prominent clients here — [Romney] just happened to be disclosed by the media,” Winsor said.