Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, wife of the late Democratic Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, said she is “thinking carefully” about running for her husband’s former congressional seat.
Rockeymoore Cummings — who has faced ethics violations for using her charity to help fund her for-profit consulting firm — said she is considering a run for Maryland’s 7th District seat that her late husband held for more than 20 years, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
“I love Baltimore City, the counties of the 7th Congressional District, and the state of Maryland,” Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, said in a text obtained by WaPo.
“I’m deeply committed to public service and I’m honored by the widespread encouragement I’ve received to continue Elijah’s amazing legacy. As I mourn the loss of my husband, I’m thinking carefully about the future and will make an announcement very soon,” she continued.
Rockeymoore Cummings was accused of self-dealing and perjury after it was revealed that there were financial dealings between her charity and for-profit firm, according to a June 7 IRS complaint from a watchdog group that was filed in response to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s report of the Rockeymoore Cummings’s business dealings.
In response to the allegations, the Maryland Democrats chairwoman said in a statement, “It appears a conservative front group and a news outlet … are pushing a hit piece filled with faulty research, lies and innuendo in an attempt to tarnish my personal reputation, professional work and public service as well as that of my spouse,” according to the Post.
She added that the report was a “distasteful attempt to intimidate my family into silence at such a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.”
Rep. Cummings died at age 86 on Oct. 16 due to longstanding health complications.
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