Longtime Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) was hospitalized Friday for treatment of a bacterial infection, and while his office has framed his visit as part of a “minor procedure,” his wife announced the same day that she would end her campaign for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings revealed that she would no longer compete in the packed gubernatorial primary “due to personal considerations,” but her campaign did not elaborate any further, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Meanwhile, Cummings was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital late last month with a bacterial infection in his knee, which was drained on Friday in a “minor procedure,” the Washington Post reported. He is “resting comfortably and expects a full recovery,” his office said in a statement.
In his eleventh congressional term and serving as the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Relations committee, Cummings spent three months recovering from heart surgery last fall.
Rockeymoore Cummings was one of eight Democratic candidates seeking the nomination to square off against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who is seeking his second term and enjoys significant financial backing and strong approval ratings.
“Making a positive and direct contribution to the state of Maryland and to our nation was my greatest motivating factor for stepping into the public arena,” she said in a statement. “Unfortunately due to personal considerations, I am suspending my bid for governor of Maryland.”
Her campaign did not get off to a strong start: in September, just nine percent of voters suggested that they would cast a ballot for her, likely due to her low profile within the state. She is a small business owner who previously worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill and for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
“I thank all of the people across the country who have supported my campaign and those whom I have met on the campaign trail who also fervently believe that we can and must do better for the people of Maryland,” her statement said.