Latest on Ben Ray Luján and Marcia Fudge House Leadership Bids
Congressman Ben Ray Luján’s (D-NM)path to join the Democrats’ House leadership team is clear after Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI)bowed out from the Assistant Democratic Leader race on Wednesday. Cicilline wrote a letter to his colleagues saying that Luján’s success as DCCC Chair in the midterms was why he dropped his bid: “Like many of you, I believe that Chairman Lujan deserves a place at the leadership table after helping usher in our historic Democratic victory ... Since Chairman Lujan entered the race, I have been asking myself how I can continue to effectively contribute to the Democratic Caucus in an elected leadership position, while recognizing Chairman Lujan’s critical role in our success.” Cicilline will instead run for Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, a position Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)suggested the Caucus create for him. Meanwhile, the speculation on whether Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) would challenge Pelosi for the top House spot in the 116th Congress is over. Fudge last week decided not to run for Speaker after Pelosi assured her that Black women will be heard under her leadership. “My consideration was due in large part to the lack of sustained efforts that ensure diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the House,” Fudge said. Pelosi announced that she planned to restore a House Administration Subcommittee on Elections -- which the GOP eliminated in 2013 -- and would name the Ohio Dem as its Chair. With these developments, the top four spots on the Democrat’s leadership team are uncontested as of now. More here.