by Axios | 11.15.18
Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus are supporting Nancy Pelosi’s bid for the speakership over their own colleague and former chair, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who’s mulling a challenge against the Minority Leader, Politico reports.
Why it matters: This comes as the caucus’ current chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) wrote recently about the need for a black speaker or majority leader. A number of CBC members, including Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking black lawmaker in the caucus, said they’re backing Pelosi for the top leadership post. But Politico reports that Richmond said he would support Fudge if she decides to run.
The backdrop: Even before last week’s midterm elections, there have been growing calls by some younger Democrats who want to see a whole new and diverse leadership team put in place. Fudge, 66, is part of a group of 17 anti-Pelosi critics who have signed on to a letter pledging not to support Pelosi, 78, on the floor.
Written by Axios
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