A funny thing happened last Tuesday in Ellicott City. Two incumbent congressmen actually sat down with their opponents and talked about issues. Otherwise, incumbents across Maryland – mostly Democrats – are avoiding engaging their challengers in any kind of discussion that goes beyond trading charges in mailers, ads and press releases.
Eight-term Congressman Elijah Cummings was one of those congressmen Tuesday night, but it appears his appearance in front of the Howard County League of Women Voters will be his first and last with Republican challenger Frank Mirabile, whom he defeated with 75% of the vote in 2010.
“We have other priorities,” said Mike Christianson, campaign spokesman for Cummings for Congress. “Congressman Cummings is extensively involved in the presidential reelection efforts for President Obama and for Senator [Ben] Cardin.”