Rep. Elijah Cummings Hospitalized, Wife Suspends Maryland Gubernatorial Bid

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

Popular Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings underwent a minor surgical procedure Friday to treat a bacterial infection in his knee, his office said.

Cummings, who has been in a local hospital since earlier this week, had the infection drained from his knee, a spokesperson said.

“He is resting comfortably and expects a full recovery,” Cummings’ office said in a statement.

Though news of his hospitalization broke Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for Cummings told The Washington Informer on Thursday that the congressman “was recovering from an illness.”

Various reports have led to speculation that Cummings’ condition is more serious than his office has let on, and could be related to a heart problem the 66-year-old experienced early last year.

Fueling the speculation was his wife Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’ sudden decision to suspend her gubernatorial bid in Maryland shortly after news broke of her husband’s hospitalization.

“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 an email to supporters. “Unfortunately, due to personal considerations, I am suspending my bid for governor of Maryland.”

Politico reported that multiple sources said Rockeymoore Cummings’ decision to leave the race was linked to her husband’s health issues.
Democratic aides said Cummings appeared to be moving more slowly before the Christmas break.

Cummings was hospitalized in May after what his office described at the time as a “minimally invasive” heart valve replacement. He was scheduled to return to work shortly after but ended up missing several months due to a post-op infection that kept him away from Capitol Hill until September.

“As a rule of thumb, he requires his sign-off on anything sent to the press with his name on it,” a spokesperson told The Informer.