In a new ad in Georgia, Democrats talk about the threats Herschel Walker made against his ex-wife.
Walker is running against Sen. Raphael Warnock in a race that is being closely watched. He has said that his violent past was caused by dissociative identity disorder.
Democrats are stepping up their attacks on Herschel Walker, a Republican running for the Senate in Georgia. In a new TV ad, Walker’s violent past is brought up.
The narrator of the 30-second ad from Georgia Honor says, “Herschel Walker has repeatedly threatened to kill his ex-wife.” Georgia Honor is a political group that works closely with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and his Senate Majority PAC.
The ad, which was first shown on NBC News, will start running on Wednesday as part of a $33 million campaign that the group is planning to run until Election Day. It is the first serious effort by national Democrats to bring attention to abuse claims against Walker, a former football star at the University of Georgia who played in the NFL. Walker easily won the GOP primary in May, even though a rival tried to bring up his baggage and say it could hurt him in the general election.
Police records obtained by NBC News and other news outlets show that Walker has been making threats and acting in a dangerous way toward his ex-wife Cindy Grossman and other women since at least 2001. Walker was never charged with a crime. But he and Grossman talked about a few things in public after Walker’s 2008 memoir said that he had been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), which used to be called “multiple personality disorder.” Walker has said that he created “alters” to deal with stress and trauma, and he has said that memory loss is a sign of DID.
Walker is a close friend of former President Donald Trump, and he is running against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a close race that could decide which party controls the Senate. In an Emerson College poll that came out this week, Walker and Warnock got the same number of votes as each other.
The new Georgia Honor commercial uses parts of police reports and old interviews, as well as a re-enactment of Walker pointing a gun at Grossman from the Christian Broadcasting Network that does not have a date.