A Massachusetts congressman believes Americans are ready for new leadership in the Democratic caucus and supports a challenger to Nancy Pelosi.
Rep. Seth Moulton told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Wednesday that he would back Rep. Marcia Fudge, who is contemplating a challenge to the House Minority leader and her bid to reclaim her old seat as Speaker of the House.
“The American people sent a very clear message a week ago with the election that it’s time for a new approach to politics and new leaders,” Moulton said.
“We need to answer that call for a change and a change in leadership,” the former Marine added, noting that there are caucus members “who are incredible leaders including amazing women.”
He then raved about his “mentor,” Marcia Fudge, of Ohio. The former Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman has been “thinking about” vying against Pelosi for the position which she believes the California Democrat will not be able to regain, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“I admit she’s a friend, but she would also be an extraordinary leader for our caucus, for our party, for the House of Representatives, and for our country at this incredibly contentious time,” Moulton told Cuomo, who asked if Fudge did not “check all the boxes Pelosi does.”
“No, absolutely not,” the congressman replied. “She is someone who is very, very wise, who people throughout our caucus go to for advice, and she’s someone who can bring this party together.”
“Rather than be a divisive leader who is trying to constantly clear the bench of potential challengers rather than build the bench of grassroots support, Congresswoman Fudge is someone who really can bring this party together at a time when Americans need leadership,” he continued. “She is someone that people will look at and say, that’s the future of our party. That’s the future of our country. I don’t think people look at our current leadership and see that right now.”
“It’s time that our caucus leadership represents the American people,” Moulton said. “The American people have been very, very clear, that it’s time for new leadership and we can’t answer that call by reinstalling the same leadership we’ve had since 2006.”
Fudge is one of 17 incoming lawmakers who have signed a letter stating they will oppose Pelosi’s attempt to recapture the Speaker position, according to Politico. The California Democrat has declared she will wipe out any one who challenges her, while dismissing Moulton’s comments Tuesday that he is “100 percent confident” that Pelosi will not gain the 218 votes needed to return to her old position.
“I’m a busy person, but I will be the speaker of the House no matter what he said,” Pelosi declared.
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