Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Baltimore, opted not to seek higher office and run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski. But he’s still proving influential, offering up headline-grabbing endorsements.
At the local level, Cummings endorsed State Sen. Catherine Pugh in the Baltimore mayor’s race on Tuesday. The pair of pols were frequently on the street at Penn North and interviewed in national media during last year’s uprising. On Tuesday, they united ahead of another big event in our civic life. According to WBAL-TV, Cummings said Pugh’s most important characteristic is that she gets things done.
Equally a national player, Cummings was also out endorsing this weekend on the presidential level. At City Garage in Port Covington, he appeared to speak up in favor of Hillary Clinton. Politico points out that Cummings and Clinton shared the stage on Congress’ Benghazi committee, where Cummings was the top Democrat and Clinton answered hours of questions. In a Washington Post op-ed endorsing Clinton, Cummings wrote that the former secretary of state “not only understands the challenges facing Baltimore and other cities, she’s laid out a clear and detailed agenda that meets those challenges head-on.”
As for that Senate seat that he didn’t seek, Cummings has yet to make an endorsement in the Chris Van Hollen v. Donna Edwards Democratic primary race.
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