Republican Herschel Walker reportedly lied to his own campaign staff about his undisclosed children.
Walker’s staff have become frustrated with their boss, The Daily Beast reported.
The former soccer star is locked in one of the most closely watched Senate races this year.
The campaign staff of Georgian Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker is reportedly fed up with the former professional soccer player and his repeated lies about his children.
The Daily Beast reported on Thursday that Walker lied to his own campaign staff for months about children he fathered that he kept secret, all the while continuing his years-long crusade against absent fathers. on June 15, the Beast broke the news that rumors about Walker were true and that he had at least one unknown child. Until that point, Walker had publicly acknowledged only one child, his adult son Christian.
According to Thursday’s Beast report, Walker’s own campaign had anticipated lying about his children and conducted its own investigation before the news broke.
“He has lied so much that we don’t know what is true,” a campaign adviser told The Daily Beast.
Walker’s campaign manager Scott Paradise originally attacked The Daily Beast for reporting on Walker’s unknown child.
“To suggest that Herschel ‘hides’ the child because he did not use him in his political campaign is insulting and absurd,” Paradise said in a statement last month.
Privately, Walker assured Paradise that he had only two children, according to the new report. But on June 16 — a day after the original story of the Beast — the publication reported that Walker had two more children. Walker publicly admitted that he has four children, including a daughter he fathered during his days as a star athlete at the University of Georgia.
The Walker campaign labeled The Daily Beast’s coverage as “pure gossip from anonymous sources.”
“This is pure gossip from anonymous sources from a left-wing publication obsessed with Herschel and his family,” Paradise said in a statement. “This team is 100% committed to getting Herschel elected to the Senate. Unlike Raphael Warnock, who voted with Joe Biden 96% of the time, Herschel Walker will represent Georgians, not the swamp, in DC.”
It’s not just the kids gnawing at Walker’s staff. According to The Daily Beast, Walker’s aides are confused by a candidate who won’t listen to them. They ridicule his intelligence and fear his “mood swings and instability.”
Walker has been open about his diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. He has said that he was once prone to violent urges. Cindy Grossman, Walker’s ex-wife, has claimed that he once pointed a gun at her head and threatened to kill her.
sen. Raphael Warnock, whose seat Walker prefers, is one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the room. Some Republicans in the Senate are hesitant to embrace the football star’s candidacy. But before Walker was on his way to a GOP primary win, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and other established figures lined up behind him.
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