Herschel Walker talks about public safety at Alpharetta | news

Alpharetta, Ga. — Republican Senate nominee Herschelle Walker brought her campaign to Alpharetta July 29 to deliver a speech on public safety issues and her support for law enforcement.

Walker was accompanied by former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich, State Senator Brandon Beach and National Border Patrol Council Chairman Brandon Judd. Even with some big names, the rally was less crowded and lasted less than 20 minutes.

Much of the speaker’s time was spent praising Walker as a better candidate for incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.

“Senator Warnock cares more about criminals than the citizens of Georgia,” Walker said. “That’s about to change when I get to Washington.”

Judd said there was a “crisis” at the country’s southwest border and that Warnock had not taken appropriate steps to deal with it.

Gingrich said Walker would “change and energize” the Senate and echoed Warnock’s criticism of Walker. Gingrich said people in Georgia are afraid to go out because of crime.

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Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks on behalf of Senate candidate Herschelle Walker outside Alpharetta City Hall on July 29. Gingrich billed Walker as a better candidate for incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.

“It tells you how bad things have gotten that people really need to be afraid of,” Gingrich said. “Someone I spoke to last night was afraid to go to Lenox Square. You have to ask yourself, shouldn’t there be policies where people are safe and criminals are in trouble, not policies where criminals are safe and innocent people be in trouble?

Walker said he is ready to debate Warnock “whenever he wants, but it must be a fair and just debate.”

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Walker’s campaign is seeking to restore Republicans’ historically strong hold on Georgia politics, which faltered in 2020 when the state voted for Joe Biden and two Democrat senators.

Despite bouncing through the Republican primary with nearly 70 percent of the vote, Walker faces an uphill battle against Warnock, who won the seat in a special election two years ago. Recent polling has shown Walker slightly behind his Democrat rival, even as other Republicans in Georgia hold an edge against their rivals.

Walker’s campaign has been weighed down by attacks and accusations from the media and political opponents, including fellow Republicans. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, who ran against Walker in the primary, spent several days after his campaign attacking Walker, once saying that “Herschl Walker’s stuff would beat him.”

That stuff has only increased in recent months as major media outlets honed in on reports of him making several false claims on topics ranging from his education to his career, including the claim that he himself was once a law enforcement officer.

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A man in a chicken suit stands near Herschel Walker’s Alpharetta rally that reads: “‘Herschl Walker: I’ve been in the chicken business for years.'”

Former Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren also spoke at Friday’s rally and said he had made Walker an honorary deputy, though he did not say when, nor did he explain what the title meant. Sergeant Jeremy Blake told the Alpharetta-Roswell Herald on 29 July that the title is “more like a community liaison” than an actual law enforcement situation.

Blake also said there was no record of who was made an honorary deputy under Warren, who left the sheriff’s office in 2020. He added that the meaning of the title may have changed since the swearing-in of new Sheriff Craig Owens.

Asked by the Herald about his claims to be an officer, Walker said the question had already been answered.

“I’m not going to address it,” Walker said. “Right now, they are spending money because they don’t want to address the problem that is going on in the state, which is the economy.”

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