Rep. Cummings hospitalized, wife suspends gubernatorial campaign
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Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel MORE (D-Md.) has been hospitalized after doctors drained an infection in his knee, Politico reports.

It is the most recent in a series of health issues faced by the congressman dating back to last year. 

The longtime congressman's wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, suspended her campaign for Maryland governor on Friday just before her husband's hospitalization was reported but did not cite her husband's condition as the reason for the decision, telling supporters it was for "personal considerations."

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Cummings, 66, underwent a "minimally invasive" heart operation in May and missed several months in Congress over a complication from the surgery.

Cummings' press secretary told The Hill that the treatments are not related to his previous heart operation.

Congress had several members take long-term absences last year during important legislative battles, including Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Meghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE for treatments of an aggressive brain tumor and Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBottom Line Mike Espy announces Mississippi Senate bid Biden has a lot at stake in first debate MORE (R-Miss.) for a series of urological problems.

- Updated 3:52 p.m.