President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge to be the next U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Politico reports, citing “two people with knowledge of the decision.”
Fudge’s bid for the agriculture job was endorsed by organizations including the NAACP, Urban League, Congressional Black Caucus and Friends of the Earth, as well as numerous unions and anti-hunger organizations. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, a Black Caucus member whose decision to back Biden in his state’s presidential primary is credited with helping Biden clinch the Democratic nomination, also lobbied on her behalf.
Clyburn predicted on Tuesday morning that Fudge would end up in Biden’s cabinet, though it might not be the secretary of agriculture position, shortly before Politico reported that Fudge was a top contender for the HUD post.
Former Ohio legislator Lance Mason is serving life in prison for killing his wife
Democratic Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, a frontrunner for a position in President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, vouched for a man accused of domestic abuse, who then went on to murder his ex-wife after he got out of prison.
Fudge is making her case to be Biden’s secretary of agriculture, she told Politico on Wednesday, emphasizing her loyalty to Biden. The Sunrise Movement, a far-left activist group, also included Fudge on a list of approved potential cabinet nominations.
But a potential Fudge nomination could be hampered by the fact that she pleaded for leniency on behalf of former Ohio state legislator Lance Mason in 2015 after he was charged with beating his then-wife, Aisha Fraser.
Mason served nine months in jail before murdering his ex-wife in 2018. He was sentenced to life in prison in Sept. 2019 after pleading guilty to Fraser’s murder.
“Lance accepts full responsibility for his actions and has assured me that something like this will never happen again,” Fudge wrote in a letter to the judge. “Lance Mason is a good man who made a very bad mistake. I can only hope that you can see in Lance what I and others see,” she added.
At the time that Fudge wrote the letter, Mason was accused of violently beating his wife in front of their two children, according to Politico, which reported the story in Oct. 2018 after Mason’s arrest.