The widow of late Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings said Monday that she plans to run for his old seat in Congress.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun that she is still mourning the loss of her husband — but he wanted her to take the mantle.
“I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit is with me,” the 48-year-old Rockeymoore Cummings told the paper.
“I’m going to run this race and I’m going to run it hard, as if he’s still right here by my side.”
Cummings, a Democrat and fierce critic of President Trump, died on Oct. 17 after serving more than two decades in Congress.
Rockeymoore Cummings, a former 2018 candidate for governor of Maryland, said that the two agreed that she should run.
“That was a discussion we had some months ago,” she said.
“In the end, he was conflicted about whether he should resign or stay in office. We thought there might be a turnaround. It didn’t happen.”
The candidate also told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that she “fought right alongside of Elijah.”
“I’ve been on this path for fighting for the soul of our democracy, for fighting for health care, education, for a better America for all,” she said. “And so he wanted me to continue this fight.”
A formal announcement is set for Tuesday.
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