Pastor Jamal Bryant
Pastor Jamal Bryant

The Rev. Jamal Bryant threw the first curveball of the 2016 campaign season when he announced he would run for Congress last week. Eight days later, he’s out of the race.

At his announcement last week, Bryant didn’t want to address questions about whether he was challenging current Congressman Elijah Cummings for his long held seat. Apparently, that was because he thought he wouldn’t have to face Cummings.

According to WBAL, Bryant told his congregation at Empowerment Temple that he was expecting Cummings to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski. But according to Bryant, Cummings is apparently planning to run for his current seat.

“I had hoped my mentor Elijah Cummings would ascend, and bless the state of Maryland by running for the U.S. Senate. Over the last couple of days, I have had the opportunity to talk to our beloved and much revered congressman to find and to discover he is not going to offer himself to the Senate and he is going to remain in the 7th Congressional district.”

On Facebook, Bryant posted, “Our representative will continue to serve us in the house & I will continue to advocate in the sanctuary & in the street! ‪#‎unity‬

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.