Georgia Republicans distance themselves from Herschel Walker after abortion report
It was the latest fallout after a Monday double-edged Daily Beast story that accused Walker of paying for abortions despite her support for a “total ban” on the procedure. Shortly after the report was released, his 23-year-old son launched a series of stunning and emotional attacks on his father’s candidacy.
National Republicans, meanwhile, bolstered their support for Walker. The Republican National Senate Committee and other influential groups have issued statements supporting the nominee and slandering media coverage of the fallout, aware that winning Georgia is one of the party’s only chances to overthrow the Senate.
“We’re moving full speed ahead in Georgia,” said Steven Law of the Senate Leadership Fund, the well-funded group aligned with Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. “This election is about the future of the country – Herschel Walker will make it better, Raphael Warnock makes it worse. Everything else is a distraction.
Some conservative figures in Georgia are privately discouraged about Walker’s chances of defeating U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock in a November race that could determine control of the House. Others speak publicly about Walker’s misfortunes.
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson said the fallout is “probably a knockoutfor Walker’s chances. Nicole Rodden, a former Republican U.S. House candidate, blamed party leaders for backing a candidate who “cost the GOP the U.S. Senate for the second time.”
Walker condemned The Daily Beast report as a “brainless lie” and said on Fox News that he “never asked anyone to have an abortion, I never paid for an abortion”. His attorney has agreed to file a defamation suit against the publication, which stands by the story.
Leading Republicans were already keeping Walker at bay ahead of the damaging revelations, stung by a deluge of reports documenting the former football star’s history of violent behavior, lies and blunders on the campaign trail.
In an interview on Monday, before The Daily Beast published its article, Kemp would not commit to campaigning with Walker. He said he was focused on raising an “unprecedented amount of money” and building a network of canvassers and activists to track Abrams’ grassroots operation.
“I fully realize that what we do on the pitch helps our whole ticket. And I’m not doing this just for me,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, adding, “It’s also going to help Herschel. And that’s what I’m going to continue to focus on.
He also cited scheduling conflicts due to the lack of joint appearances, saying hosting events with other top contenders “is extremely difficult” heading into November.
“And I saw that firsthand when Governor Deal was running for re-election and David Perdue was on the ballot,” he said of the 2014 campaign, the last time the State held races for Governor and US Senate on the same ballot.
The Governor and Walker did not publicly campaign together, although they participated in the same events. The two have never been particularly close. Walker lamented that he was “angry” with both the governor and his chief GOP rival, Perdue. Later, he didn’t say if he even voted for Kemp.
And both have different positions on abortion restrictions, immigration policy, lies surrounding the 2020 election and – perhaps most importantly – former President Donald Trump.
Others strongly embrace their party’s nominee, pointing to his support for conservative policies and Warnock’s record vote for legislation backed by President Joe Biden, whose approval rating in Georgia has plummeted since he captured state in 2020.
“Democrats and those on the left who now see little hope of defeating the governor and elected Republicans statewide have focused their eyes on Walker,” said Scott Johnson, a GOP activist and former party official. of State.
“But the Republicans I know stand with Herschel and against the failed Democratic policies represented by Raphael Warnock.”