Klacik celebrates progress in Baltimore City, stresses need for engagement by Republicans
Friday, November 20, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Kimberly Klacik, who twice unsuccessfully challenged Kweisi Mfume for the 7th district congressional seat, said Friday that to the extent she was successful in building support, she and other Republicans can follow.
Klacik, whose campaign drew the attention of President Donald Trump and millions of dollars in out-of-state fundraising, told Torrey Snow she was dismayed that city voters went with establishment candidates. She said Mayor-elect Brandon M. Scott “got away” with portraying himself as an outsider despite having been on the City Council since 2011.
As for her own race, rather than revisit her earlier claims of mass voter fraud, Klacik said she was pleased that her campaign was able to more than triple its raw vote total in Baltimore City compared to the special election.
“We were happy with the movement there but at the same time you’re going up against the Democrat machine,” Klacik said.
She said she hoped her campaign made Mfume a better member of Congress and added that she intends to hold him accountable for the federal money appropriated to Baltimore.
In terms of percentages, Mfume won each race with more than 70% of the vote with a margin of victory similar to that of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings in his last campaign for that seat.
Klacik remains on the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee. Going forward, she said, Republicans must focus on engagement.
“We have to make sure we engage people and help them understand what our core values are about,” Klacik said. “We’re about the freedoms and liberties that we’re seeing across the country being infringed upon.”
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