Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D., Ohio) is being floated by several Democrats as a potential contender to face off against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to determine who will be the speaker of the House when Democrats retake the majority in January.
Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, sat down for an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday, telling them she has been "overwhelmed" by all the support she's received from some of her Democratic colleagues, including Reps. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) and Seth Moulton (D., Mass.). She told them there are "probably closer to 30" Democrats who have privately told her they would be willing to vote against Pelosi.
Moulton publicly praised Fudge Wednesday night and Thursday morning on CNN, saying she is "the kind of new leader that we need in this party."
"She’s in touch with middle America. She understands what the American people want," he said on Thursday. "She’s a next generation leader that people will look to and say, ‘That’s the future of our party, that’s the future of our country, and that’s exactly the kind of leader that I want to see as our next speaker.’"