Retired American football player, Herschel Walker has officially entered the 2022 Georgia Senate Race against Senator Raphael Warnock. The legendary running back filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. This will be his first foray into politics.
The Democratic Party of Georgia issued the following statement in response to Walker entering the race: “Walker’s entrance into Georgia’s chaotic GOP Senate primary is the nightmare scenario that Republicans have spent the entire cycle trying to avoid. By the end of this long, divisive, and expensive intra-party fight, it’ll be clear that none of these candidates are focused on the issues that matter most to Georgians.”
In his official statement Walker said, "Our country is at a crossroads, and I can't sit on the sidelines anymore. America is the greatest country in the world, but too many politicians in Washington are afraid to say that. Where else could a poor kid from a small town in Georgia become valedictorian of his high school, earn the Heisman Trophy, play professional football, represent the United States in the Olympics, and become CEO of multiple companies? I have lived the American Dream, but I am concerned it is slipping away for many people."
Randy Evans, a lawyer from Georgia said, "Herschel Walker understands the predicament our country is now in and the importance of those who love this country to step forward and do what it takes to save it." Evans recently served as US ambassador to Luxembourg in the Trump administration.
Walker joins three other Republicans already in the race: Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, construction executive Kelvin King, and former Navy SEAL Latham Saddler. Whoever wins the nomination will take on Warnock for the six-year Senate term.
NRSC communications director Chris Hartline said, "Herschel Walker is a great American and a great Republican. He will join a strong group of Republican candidates and be a formidable candidate. Georgia Republicans will have a spirited primary. We’re confident that whoever wins the primary will be well-positioned to beat Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders’ favorite Democrat, Raphael Warnock."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested to allies that former Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler should perhaps run again. While other GOP strategists and lawmakers fear that Walker could cost the GOP a winnable seat.
Erick Erickson, a radio host out of Atlanta said, "I do not know a single credible Republican strategist in Georgia or Washington who thinks he can be beaten in the primary. I do not know a single credible Republican strategist who thinks he can win the general."
Walker concluded, “In the United States Senate, I will stand up for conservative values and get our country moving in the right direction. It is time to have leaders in Washington who will fight to protect the American Dream for everybody."