Elijah Cummings’ Wife Maya Rockeymoore Expected To Run For His House Seat

Karu F. Daniels

Late con­gress­man and civ­il rights activist Elijah Cummings’ grave isn’t even cold and there’s already news swirling about some­one gun­ning for his House of Representatives seat.

It’s the nature of many busi­ness­es — espe­cial­ly pol­i­tics — but the “who” tongues are wag­ging about is his younger, polit­i­cal­ly ambi­tious (and high­ly edu­cat­ed) wid­ow.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is like­ly the suc­ces­sor to fill his con­gres­sion­al seat, accord­ing to a report from The Washington Examiner.

The long­time Democrat’s death — on Thursday, at age 68, caused by “long­stand­ing health chal­lenges” — came as a shock to many polit­i­cal observers.

Rockeymoore, 48, wed the long­time polit­i­cal lion in 2008, cur­rent­ly serves as the Maryland Democratic Party chair­woman and ran unsuc­cess­ful­ly for state gov­er­nor in 2017.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has 10 days to sched­ule a spe­cial elec­tion for Cummings’ 7th District seat and accord­ing to polit­i­cal sources will like­ly set the date by the mid­dle of next week.

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In January, a pri­ma­ry elec­tion is expect­ed to take place with the gen­er­al elec­tion is set for March.

The win­ner will serve out of the remain­der of Cummings’ term, which expires in December of 2020.

An uniden­ti­fied polit­i­cal oper­a­tive said Rockeymoore Cumnmings has no imme­di­ate plans to run for the seat, which remains a Democratic strong­hold, and will pass on the spe­cial elec­tion.

It could be bad for “optics” — but great grist for the mill if she just went ahead and do what some think is inevitable.

But tim­ing is every­thing.

Rockeymoore Cummings, a moth­er of three, has not com­ment­ed on any spec­u­la­tion but the Maryland Democratic Party did release a state­ment on Friday ask­ing for pri­va­cy.

We ask the pub­lic and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings — and the rest of the Cummings fam­i­ly — time and space to grieve their loss,” said the par­ty, accord­ing to Patch.

A grad­u­ate of Purdue University, the Texas native is the founder of polit­i­cal con­sult­ing firm Global Policy Solutions. She pre­vi­ous­ly served as vice pres­i­dent of research and pro­grams for the Congressional Black Caucus and authored The Political Action Handbook: A How-To Guide for the Hip Hop Generation in 2004.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is the chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party.