Tales of Two Kims in Blue Cities
Tales of Two Kims in Blue Cities
There were two Kims who ran for office in their respective locales — both black women, both running in deeply blue cities. One of them, however, lost her election while the other went on to win her re-election bid. So why did that happen in this era of identity politics? Answer: one had a D after her name, the other had an R. And that’s all their constituents saw, apparently.
First, let’s hear the tale of Kimberly Klacik from Baltimore. You might recall that she ran a kick-ass campaign ad in which she walked through the slums of Baltimore, pointing out the perpetual rot that the citizens live in. She called her video, “Black Lives Don’t Matter to Democrats,” and blasted the party that never fixes the malaise.
Klacik bluntly told black residents of Baltimore that they “don’t have to vote for Democrats.” Instead, she told them the hard truth about how Democrat policies are destroying the city. And she rocked a bright red dress and high heels on her walking tour, too.
However, it appears that black Baltimore residents rejected Kim’s call for change. Instead, 72-year-old incumbent Kweisi Mfume held onto his seat in Maryland’s 7th district. Mfume had won the district in a special election after the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, who had held the seat. But Mfume isn’t new to MD 7 — he held the seat for 10 years from 1987-1996, prior to Cummings. Mfume beat Klacik soundly, taking 72% of the vote to her 29%.
A columnist for the Baltimore Sun snickered at Kim’s defeat:
“Kim Klacik blows through nearly $5 million trying to defeat Mfume and gets stomped”
He also gave her and her fellow Republicans a suggestion:
“Or, instead of sending more campaign donations to “own the libs,” her followers could just contribute to the needy nonprofits that do the hard, dogged work of improving the lives of Baltimoreans.”
Right. Because sending mo’ money to fix crime, poverty, and urban blight have been working so well. Rather, it’s as my late mother used to say: “You’re just throwing good money after bad.”
I guess “hope and change” is only for Obama, not for smart black women like Kim Klacik who have a different vision for Baltimore.
Now for the second of the Tales of the Two Kims.
Travel about 700 miles northwest of Baltimore to the city of Chicago, where Kim Foxx won her re-election as Cook County State’s Attorney. She, too, trounced her Republican opponent, Judge Pat O’Brien, 54% to 40%.
Foxx had some heavy backup to help her: Kamala Harris recorded a robocall for her, calling her “smart on crime” — which is total bullshit, but more about that later. Plus, Foxx also received $2 million dollars from a political PAC supported by . . . you guessed it. . . George Soros.
Now even if you don’t live in Chicago, the name Kim Foxx may ring a bell. That’s because she’s the state’s attorney who inexplicably dropped the Jussie Smollett hoax case in 2019.
But what’s even worse for Chicagoans is that Foxx has dropped charges on an enormous number of felony cases: 30% during her first three years. It’s all part of her justice reform plan, because she claims that courts disproportionately target minorities. Now she’ll have four more years to enact it.
So now felons can post low bond, go home with electronic monitoring, and yet later get charged with gun crimes — even shooting at police officers. Or murder defendants can also post low bond, get the electric ankle bracelet, and flee to another state.
And thanks in part to people like Kim Foxx, Chicago’s homicide rate has equaled the worst year of the past ten in terms of homicides — and 2020 isn’t even over yet.
Yet the same people of Chicago who are victims of crime still elected the woman who lets criminals loose because it’s “reform.” I don’t get it.
Neither does this anonymous Chicago police officer who writes in his blog “Second City Cop:”
“Seriously? By the end of the year, murders in Cook County will be nearing 1,000. Chicago alone will account for over 700. The clearance rate is less than 25%. The prosecution rate – less than that.
Gunfire in all neighborhoods and suburbs. Shoplifting, thefts and carjackings out of control with around zero percent chance of consequences.
And voters want….more of this?”
But Kim Foxx has a D after her name, and that’s all that counts.
Between the two Kims — which one wanted to make a difference in the lives of her constituents? And which of the Kims is happy to continue with Democrat business-as-usual: getting votes by serving up victim status to minorities?
But the biggest question is this: when will urban voters stop voting blindly for whoever has a D after their name?
Featured image: photoshop courtesy of Brand X Studio.