Kim­berly Klacik cam­paign video earns na­tional at­ten­tion for House can­di­date

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­

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.

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