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Florida politicians mourn the passing of Elijah Cummings

Cummings’ long career spanned decades in Maryland politics.

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.

A sharecropper’s son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore as well as more well-to-do suburbs.

As news of Cummings’ death spread, Florida politicians reacted to the loss of this great leader:

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, via Twitter:

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott via Twitter:

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, via Twitter:

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, via Twitter:


U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

“When our nation can ill-afford to lose such a kind, principled leader, one of my dearest friends and mentors has left us. My heart is broken, as I weep personally and for his family and community. Elijah Cummings’ unmatched integrity and leadership leaves a remarkable legacy. But I know his struggle for justice and freedom lives on, as so many – like me – stand on his shoulders to carry on his courageous fight. May his memory be for a blessing.”

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, via Twitter:


State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez via Twitter:

Florida House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee via Twitter:

State Rep. Ben Diamond, via Twitter:

State Rep. Anna Eskamani, via Twitter:

State Rep. Shevrin Jones via Twitter:

Former state Rep. Sean Shaw via Twitter:

Material from the Associated Press was used in this post.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Orlando Rising and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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