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GOP Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker’s campaign confirms he has a second son

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Heisman Trophy winner and Republican candidate for US Senate Herschel Walker speaks at a rally on May 23, 2022 in Athens, Georgia.

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Herschel Walker, a Republican Senate nominee in Georgia, has a second son he’s apparently estranged from and hasn’t publicly recognized.

Campaign manager Scott Paradise confirmed Walker’s parentage on Tuesday in response to an article in The Each day Beast that said Walker has a “secret son” he is not actively involved in raising. Walker has publicly condemned absentee fathers and has touted his own close relationship together with his adult son Christian in campaign speeches. “When you got a toddler, hug your child daily,” Walker said in a 2017 speech.

The second child’s mother took Walker to court a 12 months after giving birth to acquire child support and a declaration of paternity, based on The Each day Beast, which cites public posts and a court document in its report. The publication withheld the name of the 10-year-old child and his mother as a consequence of privacy concerns.

The ultimate child support order in that case reportedly got here in August 2014, when the boy, who has taken Walker’s last name, was greater than 2 years old.

Walker, a 60-year-old former NFL star whose bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is backed by former President Donald Trump, also fathered 22-year-old Christian Walker together with his first wife, Cindy Grossman. Walker has touted his relationship with that son and repeatedly decried absentee fathers, particularly within the Black community, as a “major problem.”

“If you might have a toddler with a girl, even when you might have to depart that woman — even when you might have to depart that woman — you do not leave your child,” Walker said in a 2020 interview.

“Herschel had a toddler years ago when he wasn’t married,” Paradise, said in an announcement.

“He’s supported the kid and continues to accomplish that. He’s happy with his children. To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the kid because he hasn’t used him in his political campaign is offensive and absurd,” Paradise said.

The campaign chief’s statement also called media coverage of Walker’s second son “a whole double standard,” pointing to Warnock, who’s engaged in a toddler custody dispute together with his ex-wife.

“He’s dodged voters by sealing the case and even has tried to dodge authorities,” Paradise said of the Democratic incumbent.

Warnock’s campaign didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment on that statement.

The reporting on Walker’s second son marks the newest controversy for the politically untested athlete, who cruised to victory in Georgia’s GOP Senate primary despite accusations of avoiding nonfriendly press and skipping debates. Walker has also faced accusations of exaggerating claims about his business profession, amongst other criticisms.

The final result of the race between Warnock and Walker could resolve which political party controls the Senate, where Democrats currently have a razor-thin majority.

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