A new campaign ad created by a Democratic political organization hit screens across Georgia this week, warning voters of the Republican Senate candidate Hershel Walker’s past violent threats against his ex-wife.
The ad, put out by Georgia Honor, an organization that works with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Senate Majority PAC. The 30-second ad spot details abusive threats Walker made against ex-wife Cindy Grossman. According to police records, Grossman took out a protective order against Walker in 2005, saying Walker had threatened to kill her several times.
“Herschel Walker has repeatedly threatened to kill his ex-wife,” the ad says. “He held a razor to her throat and threatened to kill her. He’s accused of choking her until she passed out. He threatened a shootout with police outside her home.”
Grossman herself appears in the ad, giving a previous interview in which she said, “The first time he held the gun to my head … he held the gun to my temple and said he was going to blow my brains out.”
The ad, which aired for the first time on Wednesday, made headlines nationwide as Democrats ramp up their attacks on Republicans weeks ahead of the midterm elections. Walker is battling incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock, who took office in 2021. The heated race is being closely watched as it is a key battleground in the fight for control of the United States Senate.
Police records show Walker has allegations of violence against women dating back to 2001. Walker has repeatedly denied the claims.
The former NFL player won the Georgia GOP primary in May after being endorsed by former president Donald Trump in the fall of 2021. Earlier this year, Walker spoke out about another ad that was put out against him that highlighted his alleged abuse of Grossman, denying the claims and saying he had struggled with mental health issues.
“In 2008, my former wife, Cindy, and I gave a TV interview to share our story — not about the glory days of football but about the pain of my mental health struggles and their effect on our marriage,” Walker wrote at the time. “The ad makers took something designed to do good and turned it into something evil, which will harm innocent people.”
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