Herschel Walker’s U.S. Senate campaign is out with a new ad attacking political rival Raphael Warnock’s character as the two compete in overtime for the seat in Georgia.
“Character is what you do when nobody’s watching,” the ad opens with a clip of Warnock speaking.
A woman narrator is then heard saying, “mm-hmm” in agreement.
“And Warnock thought no one was watching when his ex-wife called police to report his abuse,” she continues over footage of police body camera footage of Warnock’s ex-wife calling him “a great actor.”
The clip references a police report involving Warnock and his now ex-wife in which she accused him of running over her foot with a car. Police and medical personnel on scene did not find evidence to corroborate the woman’s claim.
The ad then pivots to a second allegation, which Warnock also disputes.
“And Warnock thought no one was watching when he evicted poor people from their homes,” the narrator continues, pivoting to video of an elderly Black man describing how he was evicted “over $119.”
“When no one’s watching, you find out who Rev. Warnock really is,” the ad ends.
The second allegation claims Warnock’s church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he serves as the lead pastor, was evicting residents.
Walker last month held a press conference at the Columbia Tower near downtown Atlanta where he said he was there to help tenants affected come up with back rent to avoid eviction. However, Warnock’s campaign dismissed the allegation, writing in a statement that there were “no evictions at the property” and that “Warnock has nothing to do with its day-to-day operations,” according to reporting from a local NBC affiliate.
The affiliate also obtained comment from Columbia Residential, which said they “had not evicted anyone since 2020” and that “of the 12 notices/filings referenced, only two resulted in full evictions.” The statement also notes those evictions were “due to the tenants passing away.”
Still, the ad comes as the Warnock/Walker match-up continues to heat up. Walker has faced plenty of his own controversy, including allegations from two women that he, an ardent anti-abortion advocate, paid for them to have abortions, which Walker denies. Walker has also faced criticism over several false or misleading statements.
Early voting has already started ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia, with the first and only weekend of early voting showing strong turnout in the limited counties where it was available. Early voting continues throughout the state until Friday.
Warnock led Walker in the November General Election by about 36,000 votes, but failed to reach the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff.