Will Herschel Walker Seek Georgia GOP Senate Nomination To Challenge Warnock?
When Herschel Walker was in his college and pro football glory days back in the 1980s there was never any doubt about where he was headed with the ball. Full steam, straight ahead. Today the Walker is much more circumspect, which is why Republicans in Georgia are puzzling over a 21-second video clip in which he seems to be teasing that he’s considering a run for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in next year’s election.
Even though he is a longtime resident of Texas, Walker is still revered in Georgia for his dominating play as a running back for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In the video, with the caption “Georgia on my mind,” Walker revs the engine of a car and declares that he’s “getting ready and we can run with the big dogs.” The brief clip ends with a shot of a Georgia license plate on the car.
Georgia on my mind pic.twitter.com/JdKJ193Nkn
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) June 17, 2021
Speculation about a Walker run for the Senate first was fueled by none other than his former employer in the defunct USFL, twice-impeached one-term former president Donald Trump. In March trump issued a statement on his now shuttered blog, “Wouldn’t it be great if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia? He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run, Herschel, Run!” Walker became a Trump family friend after retiring from football and even appeared on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” TV show.
The 59-year-old former running back’s post-football story could be somewhat problematic were he to win the GOP primary and challenge Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Walker says that he suffers from dissociative identity disorder, an affliction formerly known as multiple personality disorder. He wrote about it in a 2008 book and was praised by some for addressing mental illness. Others, however, dismissed the diagnosis as a way of excusing bad behavior. Walker’s ex-wife, Cindy Grossman, in a 2005 application for a protective order alleged that Walker had a history of “extremely threatening behavior” toward her. In one instance, she has said, he put a gun to her temple.