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Herschel Walker, Critic of Absentee Fathers, Has a Second Son He Doesn’t See

Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate candidate from Georgia who has often spoken out against absent fathers, especially in black households, publicly admitted on Tuesday that he fathered a second son with whom he has no contact.

The admission came in response to a report from The Daily Beast, who said it had confirmed the 10-year-old boy’s parentage but withheld his name and that of his mother. It said the child’s mother sued Mr Walker a year after giving birth to obtain a certificate of paternity and child support, and the lawsuit lasted until August 2014, when Mr Walker was ordered to pay child support . The boy, then more than 2 years old, took Mr Walker’s last name.

Walker, who faces Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock in November, praised his relationship with his 22-year-old son, Christian, in interviews and campaign speeches.

At the same time, he has repeatedly criticized fatherless families in black communities: in a 2020 interview with conservative activist Charlie Kirk, he called the absence of fathers “a big, big problem” in black households and boasted of having been “like a father” to many young people in his hometown of Georgia.

and in a interview in 2021 with black conservative media personalities Diamond and Silk, Mr. Walker lamented that “the father is leaving in the Black family. He leaves the boys alone so they will be raised by their mother,” comparing the dynamics to family separations during slavery.

“If you have a child with a woman,” Mr. Walker continued in that interview, “even if you have to leave that woman — even if you have to leave that woman — you don’t leave that child.”

Walker’s aides declined to comment Tuesday, but instead issued a written statement from his campaign manager, Scott Paradise, seeking to downplay the revelation.

“Herschel had a child years ago when he was not married,” Mr Paradise said in the statement. “He has supported the child and continues to do so. He is proud of his children. It is insulting and absurd to suggest that Herschel “hides” the child because he did not use him in his political campaign.

But Bakari Sellers, the former Democratic state legislator from South Carolina, sharply accused Mr Walker of hypocrisy, write on Twitter that he “lectured black men about fatherhood here and hasn’t seen his child since Obama’s first term in office.”

The development is the latest and possibly the most damaging of a number of reports detailing Mr Walker’s exaggerations and outright lies about his life before entering politics. He has falsely claimed that he worked as a member of law enforcement in Georgia and the FBI in Quantico, Virginia. according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution† He has also exaggerated his business record as the owner of a poultry business that collapsed years before he came to power.

The opponent of mr. Walker in the Senate Race, Mr. Warnock, grapples with his own custody dispute with his ex-wife, who has sued over his child benefit “recalculated” given his increased income since taking office last year.

Mr Warnock’s campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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