Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker's (R) campaign saw growth in fundraising efforts following attacks on the former football star regarding anonymous allegations of an alleged abortion.
Walker has come under attack after a recent story by The Daily Beast released Tuesday that claimed that the pro-life Senate candidate paid for a former girlfriend's abortion.
“Walker campaign manager Scott Paradise told staff this morning the Daily Beast story was a setback but that fundraising was surging after Walker's denial,” tweeted CNN reporter Gabby Orr, per Breitbart. “Paradise mentioned the Access Hollywood episode, saying ‘Trump still made it to the White House,' per person familiar.”
“Senior campaign officials also planning to speak with Walker later today about the abortion allegation,” the reporter continued. “‘Once we have more of the facts, we can go about our jobs and go win this thing,' said a person close to the Walker campaign.”
Senior campaign officials also planning to speak with Walker later today about the abortion allegation.
"Once we have more of the facts, we can go about our jobs and go win this thing," said a person close to the Walker campaign.
— Gabby Orr (@GabbyOrr_) October 4, 2022
Walker, who is facing Democrat Raphael Warnock for the Senate seat, released a statement following the allegation saying that it was a “flat-out lie.”
“I have no idea, but it is a flat-out lie,” Walker said. “And now you know how important this seat is. This seat is very important – that they’ll do anything to win this seat, lie, because they want to make it about everything else except what the true problems that we have in this country – inflation, the border wide open, crime.”
Regarding the latest Democrat attack: pic.twitter.com/OjrDcGak95
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) October 3, 2022
“They don’t want to talk about that, so they’re making up lies now because they need this Georgia seat,” Walker explained. “So, I encourage anyone out there, let’s not let them take this seat. If you can go to teamherschel.com, let’s not let them take this seat because if they take this seat, we won’t recognize this country tomorrow because for them to come out with total lies, that’s not right.”
The candidate also went on “Hannity” to explain himself, telling the host, “I can tell you right now, I never asked anyone to get an abortion. I never paid for an abortion, and it’s a lie.”
“They’ve jeopardized my kids. They’ve jeopardized my family. They think they can threaten me,” he told the Fox host, adding, “They think they can scare me. Right now, all that’s done is that’s energized me even more.”
The Daily Beast story alleges that Walker conceived a child with a woman, who wanted to be anonymous due to privacy concerns, in 2009 and upon learning of the pregnancy, encouraged her to get an abortion.
“The woman said she had the procedure and that Walker reimbursed her for it,” The Daily Beast article alleged. “She supported these claims with a $575 receipt from the abortion clinic, a “get well” card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that included an image of a signed $700 personal check from Walker.”
Making matters worse for the candidate, his son Christian Walker lashed out against his father tweeting, “Every family member of Herschel Walker asked him not to run for office, because we all knew (some of) his past. Every single one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while simultaneously lying about it. I’m done.”
Every family member of Herschel Walker asked him not to run for office, because we all knew (some of) his past. Every single one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while simultaneously lying about it.
— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022
Herschel Walker is facing a dual crisis for his campaign, however, the increase in fundraising that he is getting from this October surprise will likely aid him in countering these attacks and convince voters that he is the right man for the job.
Walker's success in the November election is critical for Republicans to take back the Senate in the midterm elections. Only Georgia voters will have the ability to decide whether Walker should represent them or if they're willing to have another two years of a Democrat-led agenda in the federal government.
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