'I live in Texas': Georgia Democrats slam Herschel Walker as a 'carpetbagger' over Dallas home
Regardless of whether the winner in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election is incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock or his MAGA Republican challenger Herschel Walker, Democrats will have a majority in the Senate in 2023. But a Warnock victory would mean the difference between the Senate having a 51 Democrats/49 Republicans split and the Senate having a 50/50 split, with Vice President Kamala Harris having the power to step in and break a tie in a really close vote.
Everyone from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to former President Barack Obama has been aggressively promoting Warnock’s reelection campaign and hoping for a 51-seat Senate majority, which would give Democrats more wiggle room when it comes to President Joe Biden’s nominees for cabinet positions or the federal judiciary. Democrats have been using a variety of attacks against Walker, and one of them is that he isn’t a true Georgia resident.
Journalist Martin Pengelly, reporting for The Guardian in an article published on November 30, notes that during a campaign speech earlier this year, Walker said, “I live in Texas.” And CNN recently reported that Walker has been getting a tax break on a home in Dallas — a type of tax break that in Texas, one is eligible for only if that property is the person’s primary residence.
According to CNN, Walker was at that Dallas home during four interviews earlier this year.
Pengelly points out that accusations of being an outsider were also used against Republican Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race by the Democratic nominee, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
“Republicans have been burned by a similar issue already this year, in another close race vital to control of the Senate,” Pengelly observes. “In Pennsylvania, the Democratic candidate, John Fetterman, focused on questions about whether his opponent, the TV doctor Mehmet Oz, actually lived in New Jersey. Fetterman ultimately won convincingly.”
Anthony Michael Kreis, who teaches law at Georgia State University, told CNN that whether Walker’s true residence is in Georgia or Texas is “more of a political problem than a legal one” for Walker, who “can be painted as a carpetbagger.” And Nikema Williams, who chairs the Georgia Democratic Party, is doing exactly that.
Williams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Walker may have “lied about being a Georgia resident” and also said, “Georgians deserve answers, and Walker must be held accountable for his pattern of lies and disturbing conduct.”
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