Another Bad Week for Herschel Walker As Primary Day Approaches

May 20, 2022

The Republican primary for U.S. Senate will end in a matter of days, but the drumbeat of stories emerging about Herschel Walker’s pattern of misconduct and lies are unlikely to end anytime soon. Just this week, new reports revealed more election lies, contradictions, and potential ethics violations by the Trump-tapped candidate — explaining why many Republicans all across Georgia are sounding off on his unpreparedness for public office.

Here’s all the latest Walker woes:

Walker refused to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. In an interview with WSB-TV, Walker refused to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the 2020 election, parroting Trump’s talking points that there were “problems,” with the election. These statements are the latest in Walker’s continued promotion of dangerous 2020 election conspiracy theories, despite three Republican-led recounts in Georgia affirming the state’s election was safe and secure. 

  • WSB-TV Anchor: “Tonight, Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker would not say Joe Biden won the 2020 election, instead saying there were ‘problems’ with that election. Walker made the statement after a rally in Macon.”
  • Richard Elliot, WSB-TV: “Herschel Walker came here to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for a rally just six days out from the primary election. He was asked if he thought Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. He did not quite answer … When asked if he thought Joe Biden won the 2020 election, Walker sidestepped it.”
  • Herschel Walker: “Well, I don’t know. I don’t know whether he – I think there was some problems. I do think there was problems and I think everybody else thinks there was problems and that’s the reason right now everybody’s so upset.”

Walker wants to ban all abortion – no exceptions. The New York Times reported that Walker wants to totally ban all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life.

  • Herschel Walker, the former football star leading the race for the Republican nomination for a Georgia Senate seat, said that a ban on abortion should have no exceptions — presumably even for rape, incest or the health of the mother.
  • “There’s no exception in my mind,” he told reporters after a campaign speech in Macon, Ga., at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. “Like I say, I believe in life. I believe in life.” 
  • “You never know what a child is going to become,” Mr. Walker said. “And I’ve seen some people, they’ve had some tough times, but I always said, ‘No matter what, tough times make tough people.’”

Walker failed to report more than three quarters of his income. Business Insider revealed that Walker misrepresented his income — by millions of dollars — in federal documents. This comes after a previous GPB News report sounded the alarm about Herschel Walker’s personal financial disclosure, which ethics experts flagged as “missing key information” and containing major “inconsistencies.” 

  • Republican US Senate hopeful Herschel Walker neglected to report nearly $3.2 million in earnings in a federal financial disclosure, waiting five months to amend the sum.
  • Walker’s original candidate report, filed in December 2021, listed him and his spouse cumulatively earning $927,886 from late 2020 to the end of 2021 through various corporations, including a $100,000 salary from “Renaissance Man Food Services, LLC.” 
  • Five months later, Walker amended his candidate report to show that he brought in an additional $3.2 million from an “H. Walker Enterprises.” He amended his overall income in the disclosure to $4.1 million, more than four times higher than the original candidate report, according to Insider’s review of the documents.
  • Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette, government affairs manager at the Project on Government Oversight, told Insider that Walker amending his report so late in the game undermines “the basic compact between a person running for office and the people they are trying to recruit to support them.”

Walker took campaign cash from an ex-judge accused of sexual misconduct. The American Independent reported that Walker took a campaign contribution from an ex-federal judge accused of sexual misconduct by at least 15 women — and it’s not the first time Walker has accepted cash from problematic figures.

  • Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker is trying to position himself as tough on crime and a strong defender of family values. But last week, he accepted a large campaign donation from a former federal judge accused by more than a dozen women of sexual predation.
  • Last Tuesday, Walker’s campaign reported taking a $1,000 donation from Alex Kozinski, who is identified as a self-employed attorney from Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
  • Kozinski’s tenure came to an abrupt end in 2017 after at least 15 women, including former law clerks and legal professionals, accused him of sexual misconduct. Their allegations included stories of Kozinski touching them inappropriately and making them watch pornography.
  • Walker has drawn scrutiny for his connections to other controversial campaign donors. Last October, his campaign canceled a fundraising event with Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais, a supporter who used an image of syringes shaped like a swastika as her Twitter avatar — an apparent statement against COVID-19 vaccines.
  • One month later, Walker’s campaign accepted the legal maximum contribution from Viviano-Langlais anyway.


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