Did Jamal Bryant’s Personal History Cause him to End his Congressional Bid?

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Prominent Baltimore pastor Jamal Bryant has ended his congressional bid, a little over a week after declaring he would run for the House seat held by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.). 

Bryant did not make clear in his Sept. 14 announcement whether he would stay in the race should Cummings run for reelection. Instead, he said he believed the congressman would run for Senate. In ending his bid, Bryant said he now thinks Cummings will stay in the House rather than compete for the seat held by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D).

“Our representative will continue to serve us in the House & I will continue to advocate in the sanctuary & in the street,” Bryant tweeted.

But Bryant also has a personal history that could make running for Congress difficult. He has been taken to court over child support payments, and his wife left him over an extramarital affair.

Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna F. Edwards, both Maryland Democrats, both launched campaigns for Mikulski’s seat several months ago.

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Source: The Washington Post | Rachel Weiner

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