Earlier this week, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) abandoned plans to challenge Nancy Pelosi for the speaker of the House post reportedly because Pelosi cut a deal with her fellow congresswoman, offering her chairmanship of the newly resurrected Elections Subcommittee of the Committee on House Administration. It’s nothing more than a new version of promises of “pork” as an inducement to winning support.
But now reports are surfacing suggesting Fudge may have had more disturbing reasons for backing down. Lance Mason, a personal friend whom Fudge vouched for in the past, has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his ex-wife, Aisha Fraser, to death.
Lance Mason, a former Cleveland judge who also served in the Ohio legislature and worked in the office of the mayor of Cleveland, has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of his wife. https://t.co/SeyODEGDoF
— NPR (@NPR) November 20, 2018
In 2014, Mason beat Fraser in front of their young children, punching her in the head upwards of 20 times, then slamming her skull against the dashboard of their with such force as to require facial reconstructive surgery.
Fudge inexplicably wrote a letter of strong support for the man now accused of murdering Fraser. In the letter, Fudge explained that her view of the violent man had been shaped by over twenty years of friendship. “The Lance T. Mason that I know is a kind, intelligent man and loyal friend,” she wrote in his defense.
“Lance Mason is a good man who made a very bad mistake,” Fudge concluded, “I can only hope you can see in Lance what I and others see.”
Here is a copy of the letter in its entirety.
We have found a letter of support from @RepMarciaFudge during the 2015 sentencing of Judge Lance Mason after the severe beating of his wife Aisha Fraser. Mason is now the lead suspect in the weekend murder of Fraser. @cleveland19news pic.twitter.com/6Yzgw2gkkD
— Dan DeRoos (@DanDeRoos19) November 19, 2018
In spite of Fudge’s character reference, this “good man” served 9 months in prison. Now he has been arrested for a crime that could net him a far more severe sentence.
Below is audio of the 911 call made when Fudge’s friend attacked and killed Fraser this past Saturday.
Whether this development will impact Fudge’s standing as a future committee chairman remains to be seen.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession