Revered Democratic Congressman Hopsitalized

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is currently hospitalized after a procedure to drain an infection, three sources told POLITICO, the latest setback in a string of health issues that have plagued the longtime lawmaker since last year.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a Democratic policy consultant, suspended her gubernatorial bid in Maryland on Friday, shortly before news surfaced that her husband was in the hospital.

Soon after POLITICO first reported his hospitalization, Cummings' office released a statement saying his health issues were related to a bacterial infection in his knee.

"Doctors drained the infection in a minor procedure today. He is resting comfortably and expects a full recovery," his office said Friday.

Cummings was hospitalized and sidelined for several months last year because of heart issues.

In a statement announcing plans to suspend her campaign, Rockeymoore Cummings cited personal issues but did not elaborate.

“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. Unfortunately, due to personal considerations, I am suspending my bid for governor of Maryland,” she said in an email to supporters.

Cummings, 66, was hospitalized last May after what his office described at the time as a “minimally invasive” heart valve replacement. He was scheduled to return to work shortly after but ended up missing several months due to a post-op infection that kept him away from Capitol Hill until September.

Upon his return, Cummings was noticeably slimmer and said he’d have to maintain a stricter diet and get more sleep. But he brushed aside any notion that he wasn’t able to fully perform his job.