Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge

Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge
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Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op' Harris, Jeffries question why Manafort, Cohen released while others remain in prison George Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP MORE (D-Calif.) won the endorsement Thursday of Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Moniz says U.S. needs energy jobs coalition and Manchin says Congress is pushing Wall Street solutions that don't work for Main Street; Burr to step aside Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race MORE (D-Ohio), a former chairwoman of the influential Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

“I am supporting Kamala Harris, she is an excellent candidate,” Fudge announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think there is no one better to make the case against 45 than Kamala Harris. 

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“I do think she is a person that has the kind of energy, and she’s a new, fresh face. She’s someone [who] when people meet her, people like her.” 

Fudge, who has strong ties to both progressives in the House and members of the Democratic Party's establishment, gained increased prominence last year after floating a challenge to Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump praises 'domination' of DC protesters Pelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd MORE for the Speakership.

She is the tenth CBC member and second former chairperson to endorse Harris, the senator's campaign said in a press release. 

“I’m excited to have Marcia’s support in this race,” Harris said. “She is a national leader in the fight for the needs of America’s working families including access to quality public education, health care and good-paying jobs. She is a trailblazer and I’m proud she stands with me as we fight to restore truth and justice in America and for bold solutions to the issues that keep Americans up at night.”

Harris and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSchumer calls on McConnell to schedule vote on law enforcement reform bill before July 4 This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic City leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US MORE (D-N.J.), the other African American Democrat running for president, are jockeying for support from the CBC to help boost their White House bids and increase their support among black voters.

Both have trailed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPresidents and 'presidents' Biden to blast Trump's church photo op in Philadelphia speech Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE in polling of black voters, as Biden continues to draw from a deep well of support built over decades in Washington and from his close ties to former President Obama.

Harris’s campaign enjoyed a surge of support after the first primary debate in June after the California Democrat hammered Biden on his past opposition to federally mandated busing and comments regarding his ability to cooperate with segregationist senators while in Congress. However, she’s seen her polling numbers plateau in recent weeks, falling behind Biden and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive things to watch in Tuesday's primaries Nina Turner responds to Cornel West's remarks about George Floyd COVID-19 pandemic will shrink economy by trillion in next decade: CBO MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGeorge Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP MORE (D-Mass.). 

“Well, I think right now what you're seeing is that the people at the top, the top three, are people that everybody knows. And so I think that you're seeing a lot of name recognition right now,” Fudge said. 

“What Kamala needs to do is keep doing what she is doing. The more she meets people, the more they become engaged, the more they like her. And I think that after Labor Day or getting into the fall, people are going to start to pay more attention and she is going to start to get a bump. I can almost guarantee that that's going to happen.”