Republican strategist Kimberly Klacik, who has been an outspoken critic of the living conditions in Baltimore, has announced that she will run for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’s congressional seat.
“I’ve seen firsthand what a lot of people are going through,” Klacik, 37, told the Baltimore Sun. “Our violent crime is up 52 percent in Baltimore County and it’s rising in Baltimore city, too. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”
Klacik posted a series of videos to Twitter in July showing garbage, rodents, and abandoned homes in Baltimore, reportedly setting off President Donald Trump’s Twitter tirade against the former chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The president described Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess.”
….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
“Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action!” He added.
But the president set aside their differences, praising Cummings as “first hand the strength, passion, and wisdom of this highly respected political leader” when the congressman passed away in October at the age of 68.
“We need changes—not just in Baltimore but on Capitol Hill,” Klacik said in an appearance on Fox News “America’s News HQ: Weekend.”
She accused Democrats of putting illegal immigrants’ needs first and voting “against things that offer the black community more opportunities.”
“First of all, they’re not getting any work done—if we’re going to be honest,” she said. “But also, we need stronger Republican voices against socialism, against the ‘Squad’… just helping with his policies and draining the swamp. And I think, honestly, the American people need stronger voices on transparency within Congress.”
Klacik will face a crowded field, three Republicans candidates have already filed for the special election and at least two Democrats have announced campaigns for the office.
“I’m going to knock on every door, I’m going to shake every hand and I’m going to listen to everyone in the community and figure out what we can do to make a difference,” Klacik added.
If you can, please join myself & the team at our first official launch party at @RyleighsOyster in Hunt Valley, MD this Tuesday.
Baltimore County, Howard County, and Baltimore City are all in District 7. I want to speak to everyone, RSVP HERE: https://t.co/UEUscC377j
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) November 10, 2019