Dem lawmaker: 'There's plenty of competent females' that can be Speaker instead of Pelosi

Dem lawmaker: 'There's plenty of competent females' that can be Speaker instead of Pelosi
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanMoulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage 2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist MORE (D-Ohio) said Wednesday that a congresswoman besides Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote MORE (D-Calif.) should be the House Speaker. 

“There’s plenty of really competent females that we can replace her with,” Ryan told reporters, before listing people such as Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment New York bans discrimination against natural hair Democrats already jockeying for House leadership posts MORE (D-Ohio) as potential candidates, The New York Times reported Thursday.

His comments come as the battle for Democratic leadership in the House intensifies. Pelosi, who held the Speaker position from 2007 to 2011, expressed confidence on Thursday that she had enough support to be voted into the role.  

But many lawmakers are insistent about the idea of having a new face in House leadership. As of Wednesday night, 17 House Democrats had signed onto a letter pledging not to support Pelosi's Speaker bid, according to Huffington Post. 

Ryan has urged Fudge, a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), to consider running against the California congresswoman. 

"I'm still thinking about it," Fudge told CNN on Thursday night, adding that she has been overwhelmed by the amount of people encouraging her to run. 

Ryan and other male lawmakers have faced criticism for their outspoken efforts to oppose Pelosi. 

“These male members were elected and got back here because of what women did,” Rep. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Planned Parenthood ousts its president | Harris releases drug pricing plan | House Dem drug plan delayed until after recess Democratic chair: Medicare negotiating drug prices not moving before August House bill targets use of Pentagon networks for child pornography MORE (D-Calif.) said, The Times reported. 

Pelosi on Thursday released statements touting support from multiple CBC members. She also earned the support from a pair of newly elected California lawmakers.