“Getting on a airplane, even when it’s a private plane, and going from city to city and interview to interview ... is extraordinarily exhausting,” he said.
And indeed, for a Member who has cast just one vote since being shot, it would send the wrong message back home, he noted: “The story they almost certainly don’t want out is she’s not voting, but she’s out around the country making speeches.”
Whether she is in good enough condition to participate in media interviews is an outstanding question — by all indications, tonight, the press, the public and Congressional staff will find out together.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.