McConnell joins Trump, backs Herschel Walker in Georgia’s 2022 GOP Senate primary

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The retired football star is running for a US Senate seat in a crucial Georgia race that could determine whether Republicans win a majority in D.C.

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday backed former NFL star Herschel Walker’s bid for a US Senate seat in Georgia, a key battlefield state the GOP is expected to turn from blue to red in next year’s midterm elections.

In doing so, the Kentucky senator backs Walker alongside former President Donald Trump, who played briefly for the Trump-owned team in the long-dormant USFL.

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McConnell’s move comes amid a nearly year-long war of words between the two GOP veterans, with Trump insisting on re-trialing now-President Biden over his 2020 election loss, and McConnell being a Senate Republican. He had many calls to oust him as a leader.

The senator’s endorsement, which was previously shared with Granthshala News and Politico, indicates that the GOP Senate leadership – and with it the party’s establishment in the nation’s capital – is seeking Walker to challenge the Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock. Rallying around the bid. A race next year that could determine whether the GOP wins back a Senate majority in the 2022 midterm.

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“I am delighted to endorse Herschel Walker for the US Senate in Georgia,” McConnell said in a statement. Only Herschel can unite the party, defeat Senator Warnock and help us take back the Senate. I look forward to working with Herschel in Washington to complete the work.”

Walker thanked McConnell for his support and “for his commitment to bring the party together toward the collective goal of defeating Senator Warnock. Democrats have already said they will do whatever it takes to keep Georgia blue.” The stakes have never been higher – if we all work together, we’ll win next November and take the Senate back.”

untested first-timers

Over the summer Republicans close to McConnell expressed concerns privately about whether Walker, a first-time candidate with potential political baggage, would prepare for the rigors of a high-profile Senate campaign. But such things soon faded away from McConnell’s inner circle. GOP sources tell Granthshala News that Walker, who is a longtime Trump aide and surrogate, has recently had what he describes as an “amicable conversation” with McConnell.

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McConnell became at least the sixth Republican senator to endorse Walker. And his endorsement comes two days after Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, endorsed Walker. The support for Senate GOP Whip Thune came after a South Dakota lawmaker objected to Walker’s candidacy earlier this year.

GOP sources have told Granthshala News to expect more support for Walker by others on the six-member Republican Senate leadership team in the coming days and weeks.

Walker, a former college football star who was running back, won a Heisman Trophy and helped propel the University of Georgia to a national championship—and later played for four NFL teams—with months of support and encouragement. He later began his Senate campaign in August. Trump.

But his announcement comes amid concerns about the candidate’s ability to win a key seat for Republicans in Georgia and the GOP on Capitol Hill.

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Among the concerns was that Walker had not been tested under fire on the campaign trail and did not explain where he stood on several key issues. And those who weren’t on board with Walker’s candidacy saw that Walker had a lot of potential political baggage that could give ammunition to her opponents — her well-documented struggle with a mental illness known as antisocial. Known as identity disorder, the allegations by his ex-wife were “physically abusive,” and report That he exaggerated the success of a food service company he owns.

name recognition

Walker, 59, has brushed off such concerns, but has run a carefully written campaign ever since announcing his candidacy.

Walker was quickly endorsed by Trump, which, along with the gridiron legend’s tremendous name recognition in Georgia, propelled him to the front-runner position in the GOP nomination race. And in the fundraising race, Walker went out of the gates, hauling in $3.7 million from its launch by the end of September, which marked the end of the third quarter of fundraising.

Walker’s fundraising easily eclipsed some of his rivals. Former bank executive and Navy SEAL veteran Latham Sadler brought in $1 million during the third quarter, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black raised $564,000, and businessman and military veteran Calvin King raised $340,000.

As Republicans aim to win back the Senate majority they lost in January, when Democrats narrowly won Georgia’s twin Senate runoff elections, they are playing a lot of defense, with 20 of 34 seats up for grabs. defended, which included five open seats—with two of them on the important battlefields of Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

weak democrats

But they also see opportunities to turn blue seats red in four states, including Georgia. And they see Warnock as one of the weakest Democrats to run for re-election in 2022.

Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, on January 5 to serve the final two years of former GOP Sen. Johnny Isaacson’s term, who resigned in 2019. for health reasons.

But it won’t be easy to beat Warnock next year, as Georgia’s first black senator has set fundraising records since taking office. Warnock earned $9 million in the third quarter of this year, bringing his cash back to about $17.2 million.

McConnell’s endorsement of Walker puts him on the same page as Trump, who has consistently criticized longtime Republican Senate leaders for acknowledging Biden’s White House victory and failing to help the then-president reverse the 2020 presidential election results. Reprimanded.

McConnell voted in February to acquit Trump, who was impeached on one count of inciting a January 6 uprising at the US Capitol by protesters aimed at obstructing Congress’s certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory. Was.

But McConnell attacked Trump in a speech on the Senate floor minutes after the trial ended, saying the former president “bears moral responsibility” for storming the Capitol.

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war of words

The war of words between the two GOP leaders continues to this day, with Trump relentlessly urging that McConnell be ousted from his leadership position.

“The Republican Senate needs new leadership,” Trump argued in an interview with Granthshala News’ Sean Hannity earlier this month. “Mitch isn’t a guy, not the right guy. He’s not working.”

And McConnell continues to back down against Trump’s repeatedly unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen.”

“I think we need to think about the future, not the past,” McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill last week. When asked if he was comfortable with Trump’s continued dominance over the GOP.

“I think the American people are focused on this administration, what it is doing for the country, and it is my hope that the election of ’22 will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a repetition of suggestions. About what could happen. 2020,” McConnell insisted.

Support by McConnell and Thune comes a week after Walker pushed back against Trump’s recent comments that Republican voters could sit in the polls in 2022 and 2024 if the former president’s 2020 election claims are not addressed.

“It’s not the right message. Everyone has to get out and vote and we can’t look to the past,” Walker said in an interview a week ago. Granthshala News Radio’s “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”


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