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Cummings' staff honor him in op-ed: He brought 'moral clarity'

Cummings' staff honor him in op-ed: He brought 'moral clarity'

Current and former House staffers who worked with the late Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August Pelosi: Drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package Bottom line MORE (D-Md.) honored their departed boss in an op-ed Friday, saying it was a “great honor and privilege” to work with him.

“He was inspiring, both in public and even more so in private. He brought moral clarity to everything he did, and his purpose was pure — to help those among us who needed it most,” about 180 staffers wrote for USA Today

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Reminiscing on a “demanding” boss who still “listened to us, respected us and trusted us,” the staffers remembered how Cummings, the former chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, insisted on personally interviewing everyone his office hired. 

“Each of us has a personal memory of sitting down with him for the first time, and it was like nothing we had experienced before," the group wrote. "He would ask why we were interested in public service, how we thought we could contribute and what motivated us. Then he would lean in and ask in his low baritone voice, ‘But … what feeds your soul?’” 

“More than a few of us left those interviews with tears in our eyes, perhaps feeling that we had learned more about ourselves than about him,” they continued. “It is difficult to describe the emptiness we now feel. His spirit was so strong, and his energy so boundless, that the void is devastating. 

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