How Herschel Walker united the right and has Democrats plotting for a fight
Walker has said he has dissociative identity disorder, which was previously known as multiple personality disorder, and has sought to advise people with mental health problems.
In 2012, an ex-girlfriend told authorities that Walker had also threatened to kill her and “blow her head off” and then “blow his head off.” After the allegation was reported last year, Walker’s spokesman said the candidate “emphatically denies these false claims.”
Top Democrats believe that Walker will collapse as the fight between freshman Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Walker intensifies.
“I don’t think he is ready for prime time,” said Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “I don’t think he understands the significant policy issues that we face as a country. And what he does believe in is simply not going to resonate with the voters of Georgia. So he’s going to make every effort he possibly can to hide from the voters of Georgia.”
“Who is he hiding from? Sen. Warnock’s out there every day answering questions and showcasing his extraordinary work delivering for the state,” Georgia Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff said. “A candidate who’s hiding from the public is afraid.”
Republicans scoff at that notion.
And his advice to Walker? “Be yourself. Tell your story.”
While the Walker campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the attacks Democrats plan to launch against him, a Walker aide noted that the candidate has spoken with every senator who has endorsed him.
Skating through the primary
Walker’s allies reject the notion that he’s been hiding, pointing to events he has had throughout the state. Yet Walker’s Republican opponents in the Senate race have accused him of just that.
“And if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” he said. “Right now, I think people can bring up all the past. But the past is the past.”
While Black has raised some of the same concerns that McConnell once had, and that Democrats are sure to try to exploit, Black has not had the resources to air his attacks against Walker. Black has spent about $213,000 on ads in the primary, according to AdImpact data. Warnock has already spent or reserved more than $30 million in ads for the race, while the Senate Majority PAC, a liberal super PAC, and the DSCC have reserved another $30 million-plus to help him.
Warnock himself has not yet attacked Walker. Asked about his likely opponent last week, the senator told CNN he’s focused on trying to pass a bill to cap the cost of insulin.
“I do a lot of hard work for folks in Georgia,” Warnock said.
Walker, however, also has a number of advantages in the race, including Biden’s underwater approval rating, the historical benefit of running in a midterm election against the party in power, and a host of issues — from rampant inflation at home to global crises abroad — that damage Democrats up and down the ticket.
Warnock wouldn’t say whether he would want Biden to campaign for him.
“There will be plenty of time to talk about that,” he told CNN.
But Republicans believe that if Walker can keep the focus on the Biden agenda, that could be enough to win in an election environment that favors their party.
“I see him out there all the time,” Florida Sen. Rick Scott, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said of Walker. “He’s going to win.”
CNN’s Morgan Rimmer, Ted Barrett and David Wright contributed to this report.
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