Rep. Elijah Cummings’s widow Maya Rockeymoore is seen as the most likely successor to fill his congressional seat after his death on Thursday, sources told the Washington Examiner.
Rockeymoore, 48, who is currently the chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, has a history of political involvement and ran unsuccessfully for Maryland governor in 2017. She married Cummings in 2008.
If Rockeymoore does run, critics are likely to seize on financial irregularities involving her charity and consulting firm that led one watchdog group to file an IRS complaint against her earlier this year. Rockeymoore’s nonprofit group, the Center for Global Policy Solutions, received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee, the Washington Examiner first reported in May.
Her nonprofit group and similarly named consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions LLC, also had overlapping finances and operations that could have been used to derive “illegal private benefit,” according to an IRS complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center.