Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge

Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) won the endorsement Thursday of Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Moniz says U.S. needs energy jobs coalition and Manchin says Congress is pushing Wall Street solutions that don’t work for Main Street; Burr to step aside Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups MORE (D-Ohio), a former chairwoman of the influential Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

“I am supporting Kamala Harris, she is an excellent candidate,” Fudge announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think there is no one better to make the case against 45 than Kamala Harris. 

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“I do think she is a person that has the kind of energy, and she’s a new, fresh face. She’s someone [who] when people meet her, people like her.” 

Fudge, who has strong ties to both progressives in the House and members of the Democratic Party’s establishment, gained increased prominence last year after floating a challenge to Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE for the Speakership.

She is the tenth CBC member and second former chairperson to endorse Harris, the senator’s campaign said in a press release. 

“I’m excited to have Marcia’s support in this race,” Harris said. “She is a national leader in the fight for the needs of America’s working families including access to quality public education, health care and good-paying jobs. She is a trailblazer and I’m proud she stands with me as we fight to restore truth and justice in America and for bold solutions to the issues that keep Americans up at night.”

Harris and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), the other African American Democrat running for president, are jockeying for support from the CBC to help boost their White House bids and increase their support among black voters.

Both have trailed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in polling of black voters, as Biden continues to draw from a deep well of support built over decades in Washington and from his close ties to former President Obama.

Harris’s campaign enjoyed a surge of support after the first primary debate in June after the California Democrat hammered Biden on his past opposition to federally mandated busing and comments regarding his ability to cooperate with segregationist senators while in Congress. However, she’s seen her polling numbers plateau in recent weeks, falling behind Biden and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.). 

“Well, I think right now what you’re seeing is that the people at the top, the top three, are people that everybody knows. And so I think that you’re seeing a lot of name recognition right now,” Fudge said. 

“What Kamala needs to do is keep doing what she is doing. The more she meets people, the more they become engaged, the more they like her. And I think that after Labor Day or getting into the fall, people are going to start to pay more attention and she is going to start to get a bump. I can almost guarantee that that’s going to happen.”

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