Fudge: I have been 'overwhelmed' by support for possible Speaker bid

Fudge: I have been 'overwhelmed' by support for possible Speaker bid
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Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHouse Administration Committee to make election security a 'primary focus' Dems rally behind Omar as Trump escalates attacks Congressional Black Caucus faces tough decision on Harris, Booker MORE (D-Ohio) said Thursday that she has been "overwhelmed" by the support she has gotten from colleagues backing her possible bid to challenge longtime Democratic leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (D-Calif.) for the Speaker's gavel.

"Over the last 12 hours, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received,” Fudge told The Washington Post in an interview. 

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Fudge, a Pelosi detractor, on Thursday told local outlet Cleveland.com that she is "thinking" about running for Speaker. 

"People are asking me to do it, and I am thinking about it," Fudge told the publication. "I need to give it some thought and see if I have an interest. I am at the very beginning of this process. It is just in discussion at this point."

She added that she believes the Democratic Party needs more diversity at "the top of our ticket." 

"When you look at the people who support this party the most, they are women and African Americans and especially African American women," Fudge said. "We keep talking about diversity, but there is nothing diverse about the top of our ticket. We have to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk."

Fudge is mulling the gavel as a growing number of Democrats have vowed to vote against Pelosi for Speaker.

More than a dozen incumbent and freshman Democrats have so far signed on to a letter pledging not to support Pelosi's Speaker bid, the Huffington Post reported Wednesday.

Fudge told the Post Thursday that she believes "probably closer to 30" Democrats have agreed to oppose Pelosi. 

Opposition to Pelosi has swelled among a vocal minority of Democrats as incoming and incumbent lawmakers have issued calls for a fresh face at the party's helm. 

Fudge is one of several congresswomen who has been floated as possible challengers, including Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDem rep: You can't be a Democrat if you don't support abortion, LGBTQ rights Dem facing primary challenge says he'll vote for LGBT equality bill Dem campaign leader to hold fundraiser for Lipinski next month MORE (Ill.), and Karen BassKaren Ruth BassMueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? Dems probe DOJ's handling of civil rights violations by law enforcement The Hill's Morning Report - Barr held in contempt after Trump invokes executive privilege, angering Dems MORE (Calif.). 

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error MORE (D-Ohio) told reporters on Wednesday that he thinks a woman should replace Pelosi, adding that he has encouraged Fudge to run.

The Ohio congressman praised Fudge’s leadership expertise and noted she was the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Ryan lost his challenge to Pelosi in 2016.