Maya Rockymoore Cummings ended her gubernatorial bid on Friday citing “personal considerations,” hours before her husband, Rep. Elijah Cummings, announced he had been hospitalized in the latest of a string of medical issues.
Maryland gubernatorial candidate Maya Rockeymoore Cummings. (Courtesy Photo)
“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,” Rockymoore Cummings said in a statement. “Unfortunately, due to personal considerations, I am suspending my bid for governor of Maryland.”
Rockymoore Cummings was the last of eight Democrats to enter the race, and her bid marked her first time as a candidate for office.
Later in the day, Rep. Cummings office released a brief update about his health.
“Congressman Cummings was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a bacterial infection in his knee,” the statement read. “Doctors drained the infection in a minor procedure today. He is resting comfortably and expects a full recovery.”
According to Politico, Rep. Cummings, 66, was hospitalized in May for a heart valve replacement that his office described at the time as “minimally invasive.” He ended up missing several months of work due to a post-operation infection.