It is now becoming increasingly clearer as to why House Speaker frontrunner Nancy Pelosi kissed the ring of Al Sharpton at one of his events this week: her potential challenger, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), is a black woman who’s about to give Pelosi a run for her money in the fight for House Speaker.
Speaking with Matt Fuller of The Huffington Post, Fudge castigated Nancy Pelosi with every label conservatives have been throwing at her years. Filthy-rich white woman: Check. Filthy-rich white woman elitist: Double-Check. Filthy-rich white woman elitist who pals around with filthy-rich white elitists: Double-Triple-Check!
Though Fudge did not officially throw her hat in the ring in the battle for House Speaker, her comments to Matt Fuller clearly hinted she has her eye on the prize and is quite willing to take the gloves off.
“Fudge told HuffPost she’s been ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of people reaching out to support her potential speaker bid,” reports Fuller. “She thinks the opposition to Pelosi in the caucus is much greater than the 17 Democrats who have signed a letter saying they won’t support Pelosi to be speaker.”
Fudge believes that Nancy Pelosi does not have the votes to be Speaker again, and though she thinks Nancy Pelosi’s time to call it quits has come, Fudge feels she been a “very good leader” overall. When it comes to black concerns, however, Fudge feels Pelosi has fallen short.
“I don’t have a pitch because at this point I’ve not decided I’m going to run,” Fudge said, “but I would say this: My concern about the caucus is the same concern I have about the country. Just as there is this undertone of racism in the country, there’s also that in our caucus.”
Ultimately, Fudge feels that black women are a major force in the Democratic Party that Pelosi and other establishment leaders have failed to acknowledge.
“And so I’m saying, what is wrong with acknowledging the fact that the Democratic Party is becoming more young, more black, and more brown?” Fudge said. “And letting that be reflected in our leadership.”
Fudge pointed out that Democrats strongly dislike Nancy Pelosi, noting that “they see her as an elitist.” She concurs with that opinion “to some degree.”
“And I think to some degree she is,” Fudge continued. “She’s a very wealthy person. She raises a lot of money from a lot of other wealthy people. Everybody wants to give her such big credit for winning back the House, and she should be here because she won. She didn’t win it by herself.”
The fight between Pelosi and Fudge has already heated up, with Pelosi’s allies pointing out that Fudge is “one of two House Democrats who has refused to co-sponsor the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights protections to people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” Fudge contends she supports the issues of LGBTQ equality but just does not wish to open up the Civil Rights Act.
“The president of the United States is a racist, in my opinion,” Fudge said. “If we open up the Civil Rights Act, it’s like opening up Pandora’s box. I believe that, if we open the Civil Rights Act ― which basically could be done at any time ― but if we open it, I think we open ourselves to problems that we don’t intend.”