ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — Republican Georgia Senate nominee Herschelle Walker admitted Wednesday that she has a 10-year-old son, whom she has not previously mentioned publicly, a disclosure that could encourage black men to play an active role in their lives. Draws renewed attention to previous vocal calls. role in the lives of their children.
The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Walker’s campaign confirmed their son’s existence after the boy’s mother took Walker to court in 2014 to establish paternity and receive child support payments.
“Herschl had a child many years ago when he was not married. He has supported child support and continues to do so,” Walker campaign manager Scott Paradise said in a statement Wednesday. “He is proud of his children. . To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the child because he has not used it in his political campaign is offensive and absurd.
The Daily Beast reported that Walker sends the boy Christmas and birthday presents, but has not taken an active part in raising him.Quoting an unidentified person close to the son’s family with direct knowledge of the events.
The Walker campaign did not immediately respond to questions from the Associated Press about his involvement in the boy’s life.
Walker has repeatedly criticized absentee fathers over the years, maintaining his relationship with his eldest son, Christian Walker, whose mother is Walker’s ex-wife, Cindy Grossman. Walker has said that he worked with his former wife and current wife to raise Christian.
“I want all African Americans to know, even if you leave mom, don’t leave baby,” Walker told WABE-TV’s “Love and Respect with Killer Mike” on May 27. “Keep on being the father, continue on” to be a strong person in that child’s life, because it happens, that’s what happens. I said, ‘I’ll continue to raise her, and be there with her.'”
In November, Walker faces Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a crucial battlefield battle that could be crucial to determining party control of Chambers. Warnock helped turn the Senate to Democrats when he and Democrat John Osoff of Georgia won a pair of runoff elections in early 2021.
Walker, who has been endorsed by both former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has faced criticism throughout the campaign over whether he is being truthful about his past.
Walker gained attention for his past mental health struggles, as well as allegations that he threatened his ex-wife’s life., He has dramatically increased his record as a businessman. and exaggerated his role in a for-profit program that allegedly hunted veterans By deceiving the government. And his claim that he graduated top of his class from the University of Georgia, where he led the Bulldogs to the 1980 championship, was also untrue. He did not graduate, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported.
In a statement acknowledging paternity, Walker’s campaign accused Warnock of being involved in “a nasty mud-slinging campaign and a nasty custody dispute with his ex-wife”.
“It’s an absolute double standard,” Paradise said.
Warnock’s ex-wife, whom he divorced in 2020, said in a February court filing that Warnock was not upholding the end of their two children’s shared custody agreement and asked the court to pay Warnock more in child support. Arguing that his income had increased.
Warnock’s campaign said the senator is a “devoted father”.
“Rev. Warnock is a dedicated father who is proud to continue to co-parent his two children while working for the people of Georgia,” said campaign spokeswoman Meredith Brasher.
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