US Senate candidate Herschel Walker denies report he paid for girlfriend's abortion
Herschel Walker, who has vehemently opposed abortion rights as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Georgia, paid for an abortion for his girlfriend in 2009, according to a new report published late Monday. The candidate called the accusation a “flat-out lie” and said he would sue.
The Daily Beast spoke to a woman who said Walker paid for her abortion when they were dating. The news outlet reviewed a receipt showing her $575 payment for the procedure, along with a get-well card from Walker and her bank deposit records showing the image of a $700 personal check from Walker dated five days after the abortion receipt.
WABE politics reporter Sam Gringlas has been following Walker’s campaign and joined “All Things Considered” to share how Republicans are taking the news.
According to Walker, the former University of Georgia football star is a “different person” than he used to be and he’s moved on from his former life and ways.
“I’ve talked to some voters for this story in suburbs like Alpharetta,” said Gringlas. “And I’ve heard some say they will vote for Kemp for governor, but leave the Senate race blank, vote for libertarian or even vote for Warnock.”
Gringlas says the national Republican Party leadership has stood by him, while the reactions have been more mixed in Georgia.
Gov. Kemp’s campaign issued a statement neither backing nor criticizing Walker.