SOURCES: Elijah Cummings Wife Eyes Bid for Governor

By Josh Kurtz

Ever since Gov. Larry Hogan (R) pulled off the upset of 2014, several Democratic strategists and stalwarts have argued that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) would make the party’s strongest gubernatorial contender in 2018.

He’s not running for governor.

But his wife might.

Maryland Matters has learned that Maya Rockeymoore, a policy strategist and former Capitol Hill staffer who is married to Cummings, is seriously pondering the race.

Frustrated by the absence of women candidates in the contest but intrigued by the potential opening that creates in the Democratic primary, Rockeymoore has been soliciting advice from party leaders, operatives, activists and potential donors.

“I know she’s calling around,” said an elected official.

A top Democratic donor said he believes “Maya’s 99 percent in.”

A decision – which could include the interim step of creating an exploratory committee – is expected soon, according to several people who have talked to Rockeymoore in the past few weeks.