No political figure in the entire state of Maryland has been the subject of more intense speculation this year than Elijah Cummings. Not even John Delaney.
Cummings was in the Senate race. Then he wasn’t.
He was running for reelection. But then Jamal Bryant got in the race.
And then there was the “Draft Elijah for Mayor” thing last week.
Two pieces of evidence within the past few hours suggest that all the bobbing and weaving was leading to a mundane result: he’s running for reelection. Run up the middle for a gain of three yards. Sigh.
First, there was this tweet from WBAL reporter Jayne Miller:
Then, just a few short minutes ago, John Fritze of the Sun tells us that Jamal Bryant, the guy who just got in the CD7 race a week ago, is now out.
The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, the influential Baltimore pastor who announced his candidacy for Congress last week, is set to drop out of the contest on Wednesday, multiple sources with knowledge of his decision told The Baltimore Sun.
Bryant, the 44-year-old pastor at the Empowerment Temple in Northwest Baltimore, surprised many by announcing on Sept. 14 that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the 7th Congressional District. That seat is currently held by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.
Cummings, an 11-term congressman, has flirted with running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be left vacant by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in 2017. But in recent weeks Cummings has sent signals that he would forgo that race — despite high favorable ratings in statewide polls — and seek reelection to the House seat instead.
It seems clear. But I’ve learned that with Cummings (and Delaney), just when things seem simple, that’s when they’re about to get interesting. So I shall withhold judgment.