Well this is awkward.
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who is Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), wrote a letter in 2015 in which she vouched for a former judge after he admitted that he viciously assaulted his wife in front of their two children.
Fudge wrote a letter on August 9, 2015 to the local prosecutor, stating that former judge Lance T. Mason was “a good man who made a very bad mistake” and that “something like this will never happen again,” according to the Daily Caller.
Unfortunately, three years after the initial assault — and after Mason served nine months in prison for the incident — he fatally stabbed his wife, Aisha Fraser, outside their home in Cleveland.
According to the Daily Caller:
Mason, 53, was arrested in August 2014 on charges that he assaulted Fraser in front of their two daughters, who were 4 and 6 years old at the time. According to local news reports, court documents showed that Mason attacked Fraser in their SUV, punching her 20 times, slamming her head against the dashboard, and choking her.
Mason pushed Fraser, who was a sixth-grade teacher, out of the vehicle and drove off with their children, according to the court documents[…]
Mason murdered Fraser on Nov. 17, 2018 outside of his sister’s home in Shaker Heights. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 20, 2019 and was later sentenced to life in prison.
Fudge claims to have known Mason for 20 years, so maybe the guy just one day snapped — or maybe he’s just a bad person. Who knows?
Either way, a story like this brings into question the judgment-making abilities of a possible future member of a president’s cabinet.