According to a tweet released minutes ago by political spokesman extraordinaire, Anthony McCarthy; former Congressman Kweisi Mfume has scheduled a major announcement on Monday, November 4th at 12:00 p.m. noon.
McCarthy’s tweet included an official statement made by Mr. Mfume that reads:
“On Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum at 12:00 noon, I will gather with family and friends to make an important announcement regarding the February 4th Special Primary election.”
Media and press inquiries were being sent to McCarthy’s phone. And while there was nothing else stated regarding the nature of his “major announcement”, political logic would have you believe that the former 7th district congressman will be seeking the vacant congressional seat he once held, looking to continue the work he began in representing the constituents of this Maryland congressional district back in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Politicians rarely schedule press conferences or “major announcements” to say they are not going to run for a seat, so I think it’s safe to say that Congressman Mfume is all-in on this race – the likelihood of which was first reported on by DMVDailyNews first over the past two weeks. And given that the responses to our articles about a possible Mfume candidacy has been extremely positive and encouraging of an Mfume candidacy, it wouldn’t be too far a stretch to say that he would immediately become the front-runner in the special election race to fill the 7th congressional seat vacated by the death of Congressman Elijah Cummings.
And while people are still waiting to see whether Cummings’ wife, Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings enters the race, which most political analysts believe will happen; other local politicians have already made their intentions known. State Delegate Talmadge Branch (D-45), the majority whip in the House of Delegates, announced his desire to seek the seat earlier today, while 41st district state senator Jill Carter announced that she was forming an exploratory committee to see if she should get into the race – which is another tactic used by politicians to say that they are likely entering the race.
Also considering a run for the seat is Delegate Jay Jalisi from Baltimore County’s 10th district, along with 13th district state delegate Vanessa Atterbeary of Howard County, a rising star in the House of Delegates and vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee. A surprising announcement may also come soon, as some speculate, about the emergence of former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake entering the wide-open congressional race, despite her high negatives during her time as Baltimore’s Mayor. The only local candidate to have filed thus far seems to be local developer and international businessman and entrepreneur Saafir Rabb, nephew of Israel Cason – who owns and operates one of the city’s largest and most successful recovery programs, I Can’t We Can.
But none of these likely or confirmed candidates will be able to come close to the name recognition of Congressman Mfume, especially with middle age and senior voters who have voted for Mfume several times in the past as their former congressional representative. And his national appeal, due to his service as the President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and his relationship with current and former members of Congress, gives him a jump start on raising plenty of money from interests other than just his 7th district constituents and businesses.
And given that Mr. Mfume, who chaired the Congressional Black Caucus during his last term in Congress, served admirably for a decade in Congress before resigning to lead the NAACP, he will also get to carry over that time of service if elected, giving him tenure in a political venue that is based largely on seniority.
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