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Black Caucus Members Rally Behind Pelosi

Should Nancy Pelosi be Speaker of the House?

by Axios | Updated on 11.16.18

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.

  • Pelosi, known for her fundraising prowess and political knowledge, has been leading House Democrats since 2003. At a press conference Thursday, Pelosi maintained confidence that she will prevail. A vote in the Democratic caucus is slated for Nov. 28. The full House will elect a new speaker on Jan. 3
  • Asked about a potential challenge from Fudge, Pelosi told reporters: “Come on in, the water’s warm.
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  • Chickie
    Voted No
    11/16/2018
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    I do not want to take away from the job that Nancy Pelisi performed when she served as Speaker of the House. However, if the Democrats wish to gain momentum going towards the 2020 Presidential election, it needs to find and support new leaders. Otherwise, the Democratic Party will remain mired in the past and have no clear direction. Certainly, those with experience can mentor and educate the new leaders and the new Congressional members, so that a true, strong and united DemocratIc Party can evolve.

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  • Vanessa
    Voted Maybe
    11/16/2018
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    But Maxine Waters Head of the Ways & Means Committee? Really?!? Democrats have completely lost all sense of what it means to be American. The country is certainly paying a very heavy price for its past sin of slavery. It may not be able to survive that price.

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  • SneakyPete
    11/16/2018
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    “DEMOCRATIC VOTE BRIBERY I WOULD ASSUME” It’s a sad 😞 state of affairs that we are seeing the “INFAMOUS” Former Democratic “Speaker of the House” trying to regain her Former exalted position. I wonder what she is promising members of her caucus to vote for her” “30 Pieces of Silver” I would assume to vote for their evil 👿 political agenda. SneakyPete..... 11*16*18.....

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  • Dara
    Voted Yes
    11/17/2018
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    Nancy Pelosi is such a valuable wealth of knowledge and leader. It is time for the democrats to rally benind and support this incredible leader. The republicans destroyed John Boehner, their Speaker, learn from that mistake and don’t repeat it.

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    11/16/2018
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    Nancy Pelosi should absolutely be Speaker of the House. She will continue to make an ass out of herself and expose her party for the anti-American bigots they actually are. Her arrogance, 24/7 lies and endless parliamentary tricks will ensure Trump / Republicans are victorious across the board in 2020. Let the games begin!

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  • Miles
    Voted Maybe
    11/16/2018
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    This isn’t helpful, just like a white caucus wouldn’t be either. And don’t even say “all of Congress is the white caucus” like everyone always says about things. If there’s enough black people in Congress to form a black caucus, there really isn’t an inequality problem. Racial caucuses & groups are dividing people further into tribes and don’t help.

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  • Beth
    11/16/2018
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    Wow. I don’t think that the DEMS need to be throwing out the most successful Speaker to serve in the last 20 years. Why do you think the GOP, including trump and Paul Ryan are so eager to see her out? Fudge is one of 2 dem reps to vote against the Equality Act which would extend civil rights protections for the GLBTQ community.i didn’t work my butt off to retake theHouse to have the face of the DEM majority be a damned homophobe. You want to splinter the Dems after a progressive wave retakes the House, put a homophobe in charge. Fudge doesn’t have half the gravitas of Pelosi. You don’t want Pelosi? At least elect a Progressive, not someone who may as well be a blue dog, as far as the GLBTQ community goes.

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  • Mancos
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    I believe Pelosi’s days are numbered...but now isn’t the time for change...maybe a year from now? Who knows, it could be President Pelosi by then.

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  • Cosmo
    Voted No
    11/16/2018
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    People should understand. As you gain tenure in a political position, you gain support by feeding the other Democrats needs. Once you successfully accomplish this once, twice three times, you now own them. Cash never passes hands. It’s the passing of legislature, like the FAMOUS Bridge to “No Where”. That’s why politicians in office for to long a period collect numbers of sheep.

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  • Glowurm
    Voted No
    11/16/2018
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    Pelosi needs to step back and let a fresh, NEW face step forward. She has alienated too many people (on both sides) and should take more of a mentoring, guiding seat at the table. She is very experienced, but I believe she can be more effective leaving the face of the leadership position to someone else, while working in the background.

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  • Bernie
    Voted No
    11/17/2018
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    Stalinist.

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  • SteveMabley
    Voted Maybe
    11/16/2018
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    Love Pelosi! She's tough, effective at negotiating, fundraising, and playing hard ball when necessary. And the fact that the Right is absolutely apoplectic about her is a plus! However, I agree that we need to diversify and develop new leadership, but that priority should not override effectiveness. Bottom line: I am ambivalent.

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  • Riley
    Voted No
    11/17/2018
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    She's way too radical!

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  • Cosmo
    Voted No
    11/16/2018
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    It’s beyond my comprehension why the average black male/ female votes blindly for Democrats. I am 71 years old and in all the years prior to President Trump very little to change the black American citizens. President Trump has created millions of jobs. It’s time for new house leadership, preferably a majority leader who is a minority person that will work with President Trump. Keep the illegals out of the jobs that our legal minority citizens can work and gain their self respect. Show Pelosi the door.

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  • Tim
    Voted Yes
    11/18/2018
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    Yes, because she will show the American people the vacuous nature of leftist ideology and give DJT an assist on his re-election campaign!

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  • Azrael
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    She got out the money to get out the vote She’s also a very clever woman

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  • Sean
    Voted Yes
    11/18/2018
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    Yes She’s proven effective

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  • Brian
    Voted Maybe
    11/16/2018
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    I support Pelosi if she can secure the votes of her caucus. I think she's done a great job as a leader, and she has the experience. I do think she should focus on training new leaders for the next congress, but she should be allowed to lead for now if she has the votes. If others want to challenge her, the only acceptable replacement would be another woman or a person of color. We have to show that the Democratic leadership looks more like the country as a whole than the old white boys club of the GOP.

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  • Lynn
    Voted Yes
    11/17/2018
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    Nancy Pelosi is very effective at her job. She saved the Affordable Care Act when others were ready to give up on passing it, talking about scaling it back. Being popular with Republicans isn't her job; pulling her caucus together on legislation is. And, looking forward to being in opposition to Trump for the next two years, we need her vote wrangling skills.

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  • James
    Voted No
    11/17/2018
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    Nancy Pelosi represents everything that is wrong with our political system. Removing her and Hoyer has nothing to do with age; it has everything to do with setting an agenda that will bring our country together including implementing health care for all, minimum wage of 30$, elimination of fossil fuel subsidies, prison reform ( releasing all non-violent defendants ), creation of a task force to expedite transition to renewable energy and more Pelosi and Hoyer do not support even one of these very necessary steps to bring our country together - they need to be gone

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