Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of Maryland 7th District Rep. Elijah Cummings, announced on Monday she will run for the seat held by her late husband.
During a campaign kickoff event Tuesday, Cummings stood by March statements in which she said Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, outed himself as a “dog whistle white nationalist.”
“He outed himself as a dog whistle white nationalist because he said Ronald Reagan was his mentor,” she said. “Since [his presidency], we’ve learned Reagan called black people monkeys.”
Cummings continued “People weren’t familiar with Ronald Reagan’s history; the fact that he didn’t stand for the Civil Rights Act, the fact that he actually did have prejudice towards people of color, African Americans in particular.”
“So I do think that Governor Hogan needs to actually rescind those remarks and I stand by what I said.”
Shareese Churchill, a Hogan spokeswoman, said Cummings continues to mischaracterize the governor’s remarks.
“Governor Hogan simply said he believes in the Reaganesque vision of a bigger tent and more inclusive politics,” Churchill said. “Clearly, Dr. Cummings does not, and she continues to discredit herself by slandering the governor with the kind of hateful, divisive rhetoric that he has repeatedly spoken out against. She owes Governor Hogan and his family an apology.” However, So far, Dr. Cummings is continuing to stand behind her comments and is marching on without fear of retaliation whatsoever.
Hogan said Wednesday that comments like Cummings’, made in her prior capacity as state Democratic Party chair, are “not appropriate for a congressional candidate.”
“I don’t really feel like getting into it with her,” Hogan said. “It’s not really worth a response. I didn’t say anything the first time she made those crazy, outrageous comments.”
After a meeting with Anne Arundel County business leaders, Gov. Hogan said it wasn’t worth a response.