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Marcia Fudge withdraws bid for Speaker of the House, turns eye toward voting rights

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, speaks at a campaign rally...
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, speaks at a campaign rally for then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Fudge, who is considering a run for speaker of the House, is walking back her past support for a man suspected of stabbing his ex-wife. Fudge was among several officials who wrote letters of support over recent years for Lance Mason, a former county judge and state senator who pleaded guilty in 2015 to beating Aisha Fraser Mason so badly that her face required reconstructive surgery. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)(AP)
Updated: Nov. 20, 2018 at 5:49 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) announced Tuesday that she would no longer pursue the role of Speaker of the House.

She, instead, will devote her time toward voting rights with the support of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California).

By striking the accord, Pelosi is now positioned to become Speaker.

In a prepared statement, Fudge wrote in part:

"The erosion of voting rights and civil rights was on full display in Georgia, Florida, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas.  Our party should reflect the diversity of our changing nation and guarantee all our citizens the unfettered right to vote and to have every vote count. Leader Pelosi has granted me the opportunity to create the record necessary to satisfy the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, so that the protections of the Voting Rights Act will be reinstated and improved.  She has also assured me that the most loyal voting bloc in the Democratic party, Black women, will have a seat at the decision-making table.   I am now confident that we will move forward together and that the 116th Congress will be a Congress of which we can all be proud.  I now join my colleagues in support of the leadership team of Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn.”

-US Rep. Marcia Fudge

The announcement comes a day after Fudge drew criticism for her past support of disgraced ex-judge Lance Mason, who is now accused of killing his wife.

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