Kimberly Klacik campaign video earns national attention for House candidate
Kimberly Klacik took a walk through Baltimore — and a large chunk of the nation watched.
Klacik, a Middle River resident who is running for the U.S. House District 7 as a Republican, posted a campaign video on Twitter last week and it attracted attention: nearly 311,000 “likes,” over 158,000 retweets and over 27,000 comments as of earlier this week.
It also has over nine million views.
Among the people who retweeted and liked the video:
President Donald Trump and many people with several hundred thousand followers; a couple with over a million followers.
The video (2 minutes and 50 seconds long) begins with Klacik, in a red dress, saying the people who run Baltimore do not care about Black lives and inviting viewers to “Walk with me. I can prove it.”
Against a backdrop of boarded-up businesses and crumbling, boarded-up row houses, Klacik walks down the street speaking to the camera and describing “this is the reality for Black people every single day: crumbling infrastructure, abandoned homes, poverty and crime.”
Klacik then points out Baltimore has been run by the Democratic Party for 53 years, and asks “What is the result of their decades of leadership? Baltimore is one of the top five most dangerous cities in America. The murder rate in Baltimore is 10 times the U.S. average. The Baltimore poverty rate is over 20 percent.”
Democrat leaders, Klacik said, don’t want to see this side of Baltimore, and don’t want citizens to see it.
She wraps up the video by
saying “Democrats think Black people are stupid. They think they can control us forever. That we won’t demand better and that we’ll keep voting for them, forever, despite what they’ve done to our families and communities. Are they right?”
Klacik was chosen to speak during the first day of the (virtual) Republican National Convention on Monday.
“You’d think Maryland taxpayers would be getting a whole lot since our taxes are out of control,” Klacik said during her two minute speech. “Instead, we’re paying for decades of incompetence and corruption.
After saying similar problems exist in other Democrat-run cities, Klacik said “Yet the Democrats still assume Black people will vote for them, no matter how much they let us down and take us for granted.
“We’re sick of it. We’re not going to take it anymore. The days of blindly voting for Democrats are coming to an end.”
Directing her comments to Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, Klacik said “you and your party have neglected us for far too long ... we want a chance to get ahead, not just get by. That’s what President Trump promised, and that’s what President Trump delivered.”
Klacik then told her fellow Republicans
“we can compete in our inner cities, if we reach out to the citizens and deliver real results.”
The 7th Congressional District, which does not include Essex or Middle River, begins in Howard County near Mount Airy, crosses over to take up western Baltimore County from Catonsville to Woodlawn, takes up a large chunk of Baltimore City, heads north with a thin tendril through Reisterstown and Glyndon before spreading out to cover much of northern Baltimore County: Lutherville, Phoenix, Sparks, Kingsville and Baldwin.
(Another fine example of Maryland gerrymandering.)
Despite the attention garnered by the campaign video and speaking at the RNC, Klacik remains a long shot to defeat Democratic nominee Kweisi Mfume in the general election.
Mfume, who represented the 7th District from 1987 to 1996 before steping down to become president of the NAACP from 1996 to 2004, defeated Klacik in a special election earlier this year to fill the 7th District seat left vacant by the death of incumbent Elijah Cummings.
Mfume responded to Klacik’s campaign video by saying “My opponent refuses to live anywhere in the 7th Congressional District of Maryland, but she wants voters to trust her and vote for her. Really!”
In Maryland, members of the House of Representatives are not required to live in the district they represent.
Middle River resident Kimberly Klacik’s campaign video posted on Twitter last week earned the Republican congressional candidate national attention.