An Ohio Democrat who is considering a run for House speaker wrote a letter of support in 2015 for a former judge and state senator who is now accused of killing his ex-wife.
Rep. Marcia Fudge wrote the letter to a prosecutor as Lance Mason prepared to plead guilty to beating his then-wife, Aisha Fraser, so severely in 2014 that she required reconstructive plastic surgery. Mason, she wrote, was “a good man who made a very bad mistake.”
On Saturday, Fraser was found stabbed to death, according to news reports. Mason, who served a nine-month sentence for the earlier assault, was taken into custody and is expected to be charged with her murder.
Fudge’s role in speaking on Mason’s behalf stands to complicate any potential challenge to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is mounting an aggressive campaign to claim the speaker’s gavel when Democrats assume the House majority in January.