US Rep Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland, says Democrats must unite and defeat Donald Trump
In an open letter from former Congressman and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Reps. Joyce Beatty of Jefferson Township and Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, former Reps. Mary Jo Kilroy and Betty Sutton, Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, the group argues that Pelosi “will hit the ground running” if chosen speaker.
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Pelosi, the group argues, “has worked tireless to ensure Ohioans are able to have access to affordable health care, negotiate for a higher wage, and secure a dignified retirement.”
Their stance is at odds with Ryan, who ran against Pelosi for minority leader in 2016.
Strickland said he signed the letter because he believes Pelosi “is a strong effective leader.”
“We would never have had Obamacare without Nancy’s determination and persistence,” he said.
He called Ryan a “dear friend” and said he has “great respect” for Fudge.