Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) died last week at the age of 68 from an undisclosed illness.
The Daily Mail is reporting that his widow, 48-year-old Maya Rockeymoore, is a leading contender to fill her late husband’s seat in Congress.
Rockeymoore, 48. who has been heavily involved in politics, currently serves as Chairwoman for the Maryland Democratic Party.
In 2017 she made a run for Maryland governor but dropped out when Cummings was hospitalized. They married in 2008.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has 10 days to schedule a special election, and insiders say, he’ll set a date by the middle of next week.
Rockeymoore, though, said she hasn’t made a decision to run for Cummings’ congressional seat, the Washington Examiner said.
On May 20, 2019, the Washington Examiner reported that a charity run by Maya Rockeymoore, the wife of the now-deceased Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee.
Democrat Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee was in very poor financial condition and heavily in debt due to unpaid child support to three women he had children with — until the last 10 years or so after he married his young, politically connected wife, Maya Rockeymoore.
Rockeymoore runs two entities, a nonprofit group called the Center for Global Policy Solutions and a for-profit consulting firm called Global Policy Solutions, LLC, whose operations appear to have overlapped, according to the IRS complaint filed by watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center on Monday. The complaint states that the arrangement may have been used to derive “illegal private benefit.”
Global Policy Solutions received more than $6.2 million in grants between 2013 and 2016, according to tax records. Several of the nonprofit group’s financial backers — which included Google, J.P Morgan and Prudential — have business interests before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings has served as Democratic chairman of the committee since January and previously served as ranking member.
Last week, Rep. Cummings’ wife blasted the Washington Examiner’s complaint to the IRS as a “hit piece.”
“These baseless claims come from a group funded by right-wing mega-donors known for their political hit jobs,” Cummings said in a statement to Fox News. “I am confident that they will be exposed for what they really are – a fabricated distraction from the important work being done on behalf of Americans, such as lowering the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.”
Just what we need in Congress, another crooked Democrat…