What to Know As Herschel Walker Officially Files for #GASEN, Refuses to Debate Republicans

March 7, 2022

Today, Herschel Walker officially filed his paperwork to run for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat, but the Trump-tapped candidate continues to come under fire from all sides as Republicans sound off on his lackluster campaign, he refuses to debate his Republican rivals, “questions about [his] background are piling up,” new reports emerge across the state about his shady business practices, and Walker takes heat for dodging press, GOP rivals, and Georgians alike — instead “only participa[ting] in closely controlled campaign events, including some that require tickets, forbid video recording and restrict media access.” 

“Georgians are learning about the real Herschel Walker — a politician who mocks their needs, avoids their questions, spreads dangerous misinformation, lies about his record, and does anything to help himself,” said Dan Gottlieb, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Here’s what to know about Walker’s campaign:

  • Walker continues causing “anxiety among rank-and-file Republicans” as GOP faithful across the state rip into his closed-door, “very limited, carefully curated” campaign: 
  • 2020 Senate candidate and former Rep. Doug Collins questioned Walker’s campaign’s strategy of “keeping him limited” and doubts Walker is “ready” to “handle the press.” 
  • Hit after hit”: Stories about Walker’s shady business record and questionable past are piling up:
    • A report from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer revealed that Walker has refused to pay more than $600,000 in unpaid loans he personally guaranteed — the latest in a pattern of shady business practices in his background.
  • WSAV in Savannah reported that local leaders and business owners are calling out Walker over “new reports that revealed the Trump tapped candidate has failed to repay $625,000 in loans,” and his criticism of the PPP loan program while “his own business received $10 million in that effort” — showing Walker “thinks he is above personal responsibility and financial accountability.” 
  • 11Alive in Atlanta reports that Walker mocked the Paycheck Protection Program while sitting on the board of a company that took millions in PPP, then laid off 90% of its workers the next day.
  • Latham Saddler called Walker’s “no-show” Senate campaign an “unmitigated disaster” for Republicans. Latham Saddler went after Walker’s record of no-showing debates and local GOP events, questioning how Walker could hold his own in a general election when he “can’t even debate Republicans.”

Meanwhile, Walker’s rivals are telling reporters and voters alike that Republicans are about to “forfeit control of the United States Senate” if he is the GOP nominee.

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