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Herschel Walker, a critic of absent fathers, has a 2nd son he did not disclose

Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker, who has spoken out publicly against children being raised in fatherless homes, said a young boy he had not previously publicly acknowledged confirmed his campaign Wednesday following a report of this estranged relationship.

The former soccer star, who received the approval of Donald Trump for his Georgia campaign, had the child “years ago when he was not married,” campaign manager Scott Paradise said in a statement to HuffPost.

“He supported the child and still does. He is proud of his children. “To suggest that Herschel ‘hides’ the child because he did not use him in his political campaign is offensive and absurd,” the statement read.

The confirmation follows a report Tuesday in The Daily Beast that the child’s mother, who has not been publicly identified, sued Walker after she gave birth 10 years ago to a declaration of paternity and child support from the former NFL player.

Herschel Walker, a Georgia GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, conceived a child out of wedlock years ago, his campaign confirmed for the first time this week.  Walker spoke publicly against raising children in fatherless homes.
Herschel Walker, a Georgia GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, conceived a child out of wedlock years ago, his campaign confirmed for the first time this week. Walker spoke in public against raising children in fatherless homes.

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Walker, who has a 22-year-old son whom he has publicly acknowledged, did not play an active parental role in this younger boy’s life, although he does send him Christmas and birthday presents, reports The Daily Beast, with reference to a person close to the child’s family.

In a 2020 interview with conservative activist Charlie Kirk, Walker called fatherless homes a “big, big problem” in black communities and described acting “like a father” to fatherless children in Georgia town where he grew up.

“Remember, you can leave the woman, but do not leave your child,” he said, advising young men he met.

In another 2020 interview with conservative video bloggers Diamond and Silk, Walker despised black fathers leaving boys to be raised by their mother. He compared it to when Black families were separated during slavery.

“Even if you have to leave that woman – you do not leave that child,” he said.

Paradise cited publicity about Walker’s younger son this week as a “complete double standard” as they bargain against the personal lives of Walker’s political opponent, first-term Sen. Raphael Warnock (D), expressed. One recent poll shows that Warnock and Walker are tied evenly in their Senate race.

“Raphael Warnock is currently engaged in both a nasty mudslinging campaign and a nasty surveillance dispute with his ex-wife,” Paradise said.

Warnock is currently in a child custody dispute with his ex-wife over their two children and her request that child support payments be recalculated, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Warnock’s communications director, Meredith Brasher, opposed in a statement to HuffPost on Wednesday that Warnock “is a dedicated father who is proud to continue to parent his two children while working for the people of Georgia. . “

News of Walker’s young son appears to be the latest case of the aspiring politician saying one thing and doing another.

Earlier this week, the AJC reported that his allegations that he had been working in law enforcement all his life, including at a Georgia police department and as an FBI agent, were false.

He also had questions about contradictions about his previous ownership of a poultry company as well as about his high school and college education.

In addition to falsehoods, he has faced allegations of domestic violence and once spoke of a shootout with police, according to a 2001 police report obtained by The Associated Press.

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