By Glynis Kazanjian | Maryland Reporter
ANNAPOLIS — A funny thing happened last Tuesday in Maryland.
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 news releases.
Eight-term U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-District 7, was one of the congressmen who met with his Republican challenger Frank Mirabile at the Howard County League of Women Voters forum.
It was his first and his last.
“We have other priorities,” said Mike Christianson, campaign spokesman for Cummings for Congress. “Congressman Cummings is extensively involved in the presidential re-election efforts for President (Barack) Obama and for Sen. (Ben) Cardin.”