Two super PACs are launching dueling ads in Georgia's Senate race, taking aim at Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker over domestic violence allegations.
The Democratic spot features a tweet from Herschel Walker's son alleging that his father was violent. The Republican Senate candidate's campaign has been rocked by recent allegations that Walker encouraged an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion and paid for the procedure, which Walker has denied.
The revelation prompted Walker's son, Christian, a conservative influencer, to tweet last week of his father, "You’re not a “family man” when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence."
The tweet is now being featured in a new ad from Georgia Honor, an outside group tied to the Democratic super PAC Senate Majority PAC, which is spending millions on Senate races across the country. The ad features news coverage of Christian Walker's tweet and includes a narrator reading it aloud.
"Six moves in six months, running from Herschel Walker’s violence,” a narrator repeats at the end of the ad, which also referenced past allegations of violent threats from Walker.
The 30-second ad, which will air statewide on Tuesday, is part of Georgia Honor's $36 million-effort in the state to boost Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, according to a press release.
On the Republican side, 34N22, a super PAC boosting Walker, launched a 30-second TV ad featuring body camera footage of Warnock's ex-wife, claiming he ran over her foot. In the footage featured in the ad, Warnock's ex-wife, Ouleye, says, "I can't believe he would run me over."
“I tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time and today he crossed the line. So that is what is going on here,” she says. “And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”
The ad will run in on broadcast and cable networks in the Atlanta media market and is backed by a $1.5 million buy, per a press release from 34N22.
The footage from the March 2020 incident between Warnock and his now-ex-wife first became public two weeks before Warnock defeated then-GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a special runoff election on Jan. 5, 2021.
When the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported on the incident in March 2020, Warnock denied the allegation that he ran over his wife's foot, telling the newspaper, "It didn't happen."