Well, it did not take long for the widow of Elijah Cummings to decide to follow in her husband’s footsteps.
According to local reports, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is expected to run for the seat vacated by her “legendary” husband.
Not Yet Confirmed
Obviously, Mrs. Cummings is in mourning over the loss of her husband, so she has not personally commented on her plans just yet.
However, she does hold major political clout in the state as chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, and many believe it is only natural that she run for the seat her husband held for decades.
The Maryland Democrat Party stated, “We ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democrat Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings – the rest of the Cummings family – time and space to grieve their loss.”
For many citizens of Maryland’s 7th District, Cummings is the only person they have ever seen in that seat, as he has occupied it since 1996.
The governor will have to announce the date of a special election to fill the seat, but he does have significant flexibility in when that election will actually be held.
What impact would such a move have on Cummings’ political legacy? This is something of a loaded question, given that Cummings’ record as a congressman is not exactly stellar.
There is no doubt about his impressive background as a civil rights activist. He will forever hold a place in history on that front. However, as a congressman for the 7th District of Maryland, many people would consider him an utter failure.
While he has managed to accumulate a net worth of roughly $1.3 million, many of Cummings’ constituents are homeless, drug-addicted, and living in poverty in rodent-infested neighborhoods. That, however, is not how Cummings will be publicly remembered when he lies in state at the Capitol next week.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle will focus on his incredible legacy, something that will follow his widow if she does, in fact, take over his seat.
She, however, may not receive the same deference given to Congressman Cummings resulting from his decades of civil rights work, and she will be held immediately accountable for the conditions in her district, something which could expose her husband’s significant failings and destroy his legacy in the process.