Five Things to Know as Walker’s Woes Continue and Early Vote Begins

May 9, 2022

The steady “drip-drop” of bad news stories continued during a turbulent first week of early voting for Trump-tapped U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker. On top of new reports that added to the candidate’s laundry list of falsehoods, exaggerations, and failed businesses, Walker doubled down on his support for banning all abortion – even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother – faced a “Trump-sized” headache as the former president promised his supporters that Walker would lose if Brian Kemp is the gubernatorial nominee, and skipped yet another GOP Senate debate.

Here are five Herschel headaches to know about as early voting kicks into gear:

1) Walker still under fire after an investigation revealed he has “spent years promoting health products with dubious claims” that were “not supported by medical evidence generally accepted by the medical community”:

  • Lori Geary, Georgia Gang Host: “The AJC also had an in-depth article this week on Herschel Walker. It focused on health products with questionable claims that Walker promoted… Tharon, will this come back, possibly, you know, if he wins the primary and heads into November?”
  • Tharon Johnson: “Yes, absolutely… The more and more you learn about Herschel Walker – the man, the celebrity athlete, the Trump-endorsed candidate – the less likely voters are going to be excited to vote for him if he’s the Republican nominee. And so you’re seeing a ‘drip drop’ of articles…a lot of dirty laundry that this candidate has in his house.”

2) Herschel Walker doubled down on his support for banning all abortions in Georgia and across the country — even in cases of rape and incest, or to save the mother’s life:

3) Walker under fire from ethics watchdog groups amid potential DOJ investigation into his personal financial disclosure:

4) Walker’s “Trump-sized headache that won’t go away”: Former president says that Walker won’t win if Brian Kemp is the GOP nominee for governor.

  • As the AJC notes: “During his Monday tele-rally for his hand-picked gubernatorial candidate, David Perdue, this week, Trump predicted his Senate candidate Herschel Walker will get trounced in November if Trump’s nemesis, Gov. Brian Kemp, wins his primary in May.” 
  • Trump said, “One of the problems also is if Brian Kemp gets in, I think it’s going to be very, very hard for Herschel Walker to win.”
  • “Because I don’t believe Republicans are going to go out and vote for Brian Kemp. And if they’re not voting for Brian Kemp, they’re not going to be able to vote for Herschel Walker.”

5) “Where the heck is Herschel Walker?” At GOP Senate debate, rivals rip into the empty lectern representing Walker – “who was instead hosting a fundraiser in east Georgia while his rivals mocked him as a coward for skipping the event.”

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