Marcia Fudge Is Not With The Same Ol’ Leadership Of Nancy Pelosi

Marcia Fudge Is Not With The Same Ol’ Leadership Of Nancy Pelosi

The Democratic Party is becoming more young, more Black, and more brown, and that should be reflected in its leadership, says Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), a possible challenger for Speaker of The House against Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).

Pelosi, the current House minority leader, was House speaker from 2007 to 2011. She was the first woman speaker of the House.  Whoever wins enough support will be third in line to the presidency, according to the line of succession, if President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are indicted.

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Fudge, 66, is a former lawyer, judge, mayor, chief of staff in Congress and six-term member of Congress from the Cleveland area. Relatively unknown nationally, she said she’s been overwhelmed by the number of people who told her she should run for speaker, Washington Post reported.

Marcia Fudge
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, reacts to a cheering crowd as she speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Cleveland Public Hall in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

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Pelosi, 78, has run the Democratic Caucus for 16 years. Ousting her would be an incredible upset, according to Vox. A vocal contingent of anti-Pelosi Democrats are calling for new leadership, and it’s coalescing around Fudge.

Fudge may not be well known nationally, but she has arguably laid the groundwork for the job, having held prominent roles as a leader in the national Democratic Party and in Congress as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, whose mostly Democratic Black lawmakers who have traditionally been close allies of Pelosi’s.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA 6th District), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH 13th District), and Fudge herself are among 17 lawmakers who signed a letter opposing Pelosi’s bid for speaker.


Pelosi gets too much credit for winning back the House, Fudge said in a CNN video interview. Fudge acknowledged that Pelosi helped the Democrats win the midterms back for the House.

“She also was the person who over the last eight years lost seats,” Fudge told CNN. The Democrats lost 63 seats in 2010 and the Republicans held large majorities in 2012, 2014 and 2016. “It’s one thing to give people credit for winning if you also make them responsible for losing. She has been a very good speaker, well suited to do what she does. I just think that if we run on change then we need change and we should not stand with the status quo.”

A critic of Trump, Fudge repeatedly called him a racist during a Huffington Post interview. Working with him shouldn’t be a problem, she said: “I’ve been the mayor of a city. I’ve sat across from a lot of people that I have to work with.”

To win the speakership, Pelosi can only afford to lose about 14 Democrats and still reach the 2018 vote threshold, Vox reported. If Democrats pick up the remaining House races, she’d have more wiggle room but it looks like there is enough dissatisfaction to block Pelosi.

Who is willing to come forward to take her place?

“As I continue to hear (Pelosi) — not only her but other people — say that this is the most diverse congress we’ve ever had, then I think it should be diverse as well,” Fudge told CNN. “We can’t just talk the talk. We have to walk the walk too.”