WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge’s appointment to chair the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections elevates her nationally as a congressional investigator just like the man whose 11th Congressional District footsteps she follows. The late Louis Stokes, investigated the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rep. Fudge in 2019 will be investigating the nation’s elections.
After the November 8, 2018 general elections Fudge talked with EJBNEWS and said she decided to challenge U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi for a seat as Speaker of the House knowing it would be a challenge to win. Pelosi raised about $30 million to keep the seat.
One of Fudge’s goals had she defeated Pelosi was to reorganize the Subcommittee on Elections. The need for it, she said, was obvious as a result of all the foreign and domestic intereference with the 2016 elections; and how voting citizens don’t know if their real vote was counted.
The former Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor said erosion of voter confidence had created a mandate for Congress to energize the nation around protecting voter rights.
Fudge said she thought every system around the nation’s federal elections required an up-close Congressional examination. Pelosi agreed to the reorganization and funding; and appointed Fudge to lead.
Fudge told EJBNEWS there exists an abundance of substantive federal elections-related controversies where acts Congress has recently learned of through Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation require a comparison to federal voting rights protection laws.
Republicans abolished the two-year old committee in 2013. It was chaired then by Rep. Candice Miller, a Republican from Michigan. The committe made only a recommendation about the elimination of the existing public financing system for electing presidents, as well as abolishing the EAC that helps state and local officials improve voting systems.
With Democrats now leading the Congress, Fudge said the type of close “election integrity” examination Republicans avoided will be the reality for the 119th Congress.