Marcia Fudge rolls out firepower to announce re-election campaign

Ya gotta have friends: Ohio congresspersons Tim Ryan and Marcia Fudge (with former congressman Louis stokes, left)
  • Ya gotta have friends: Ohio congresspersons Tim Ryan and Marcia Fudge (with former congressman Louis stokes, left)

This morning, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, of Cuyahoga County’s 11th district, drew a couple of hundred people to Phil the Fire restaurant in Beachwood for a hardly unexpected announcement: that she is filing to run again for the congressional seat she has held since the death of Stephanie Tubbs Jones in 2008. Unspoken but implied was that she was rolling out this show of strength in response to state senator Nina Turner’s filing to run against her in the Democratic primary.

The crowd included an army of local elected officials, labor union representatives, and clergy, as well as some of the biggest names in Ohio Democratic politics — a warning salvo to any challengers. State Democratic chairman Chris Redfern came in from Columbus, and Congressman Tim Ryan of Youngstown was present to support his colleague.

Redfern said “Tim Ryan and I are the only ones in this room who can’t vote for her.” That wasn’t precisely true. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who told the crowd, “With all the problems in Washington, I’m not sure why people want this job,” lives outside the district in Lakewood.

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