Between events in Baltimore, Cummings chats with a constituent as an aide tries to keep the congressman dry. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
BALTIMORE — There are many things Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wants people to know about him. One is that his constituents love him.
“My constituents want to know that they can touch me, they want to know that they can communicate with me,” the Maryland Democrat said. “I guarantee you, if we were to walk through my district, people will come up to me — white, black, all colors, some of them high. ‘We love you, Mr. Cummings.’ ‘We love you, man.’ ‘I’ll take a bullet for you.’ Someone told me that yesterday.”
It didn’t take long for CQ Roll Call — spending a rainy October day with the congressman on his home turf in Baltimore — to see exactly what he meant.
Minutes later, Cummings, who’d just taken part in a voter protection event, was greeted on the wet sidewalk outside by two fans.
Shaking hands with the former Congressional Black Caucus chairman, a young white man in a hoodie and baggy jeans said his wife is black and loves the man whose political career began on those same gritty streets. Full story