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Fudge Backs Down, Won’t Challenge Pelosi for Speaker

The Ohio congresswoman was one of the only House Democrats willing to consider taking on Pelosi.

By NTK Staff | 11.21.2018 @10:30am
Fudge Backs Down, Won’t Challenge Pelosi for Speaker

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the one Democrat most publicly mulling a run for speaker against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), released a statement announcing she would not challenge the longtime Democrat leader.

Roll Call reported that Fudge’s decision came with “concessions” from Pelosi.

“My consideration was due in large part to the lack of sustained efforts that ensure diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the House,” the Ohio Democrat said in a statement, noting Pelosi has assured her that black women will have a seat at the decision-making table.

The statement came as Pelosi announced her intention to create a seat at that table for Fudge by restoring a House Administration subcommittee on elections that Republicans eliminated in 2013 and naming Fudge as its chair.

In addition to supporting Pelosi, Fudge also pledged support for Pelosi’s leadership team, including Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Jim Clyburn (D-SC).

Fudge’s decision marks the end of about two weeks of speculation regarding the Ohio Democrat’s future. Sixteen House Democrats or newly elected freshman signed a letter saying they would oppose Pelosi’s bid for speaker. With no one actually running, it’s unclear how viable their efforts will be.

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