GOP Georgia lieutenant governor criticizes Herschel Walker after scandal

Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) said last week that embattled Senate candidate Herschel Walker “has yet to earn my vote,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Driving the news: “Walker won his Senate primary not because of his political chops or policy proposals,” Duncan wrote in an editorial published on CNN last week.

  • “He insulted his opponents because of his performance on the football field 40 years ago and his friendship with former President Donald Trump — neither of which are guaranteed tickets anymore,” he wrote.
  • “I am not voting for Sen. Warnock, and like many Georgians, Herschel Walker has yet to get my vote,” Duncan told the AJC.
  • “He has four weeks left to change our mind,” he added.

The big picture: Duncan, who was outspoken in condemning and denying the false allegations of voter fraud during the 2020 election, is the most prominent Georgia Republican critic of Walker, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.

  • Trump and other influential Republicans have endorsed Walker after a report alleged the Georgia candidate paid for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009.

Status: Other Republican lawmakers in the state have been less outspoken, including Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who has largely avoided defending Walker.

  • “I can’t control what other people do. I certainly can’t control the past. But I can control my own destiny, and that’s what we’re doing,” Kemp has said, the New York Times reports.
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has used the Walker controversy to denounce her competitor, Kemp, according to the AJC.
  • “He always takes positions designed to undermine personal freedoms,” Abrams said, according to the AJC.
  • “And you can’t say you think Herschel Walker is entitled to his personal choices, but nobody else in Georgia is.”

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