After months of remaining largely silent about Republican Kimberly Klacik, Democratic U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume took to Twitter to say his challenger doesn’t know Baltimore, doesn’t live in the city — and that she misspelled Baltimore as “Balitimore” in a widely viewed campaign ad.
Klacik, who has been endorsed by Republican President Donald Trump and has nearly 437,000 Twitter followers, had been taunting Mfume for not agreeing to debate before the Nov. 3 election.
“MFUME SCARED OF A GIRL? WHY WON’T HE DEBATE KIM?” read a campaign message she tweeted Tuesday, along with a headshot of Mfume appearing to glance toward the text. Klacik said Mfume turned down six debate requests.
Mfume, whose Twitter feed had barely mentioned Klacik, responded same day and said he hadn’t received those requests.
“You DON’T live here. You DON’T know us. Debate you?.... really?” Mfume tweeted. “Before you come for me …or my beloved #Baltimore...you should first learn how to SPELL it.”
Klacik lives in Middle River, which is outside the heavily Democratic 7th Congressional District. Members of Congress are not required to live in the districts they represent. Klacik has said she knows Baltimore from working there and would move to the district if elected. The district includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.
Klacik did not return phone messages Thursday seeking comment. Mfume’s campaign decline to comment.