The greatest player in Georgia Bulldogs history and a 14 year veteran of professional football, Herschel Walker announced this morning he’s considering running for the U.S. Senate. During an interview with Fox News, Walker was asked if he would take on Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock. He responded:
My family, we’re still going through this process of praying and really considering it. And at the same time, I take it very serious. And people want me to decide, like, right now. And I said, ‘guys, I want to take my time because this is a very serious, serious thing.’ But I will tell you this. Hershel Walker believes in God. I believe in this country. I believe in the people. And I’m going to fight for the people of Georgia if I run so just stay tuned. And I tell you what, it’s going to be exciting.
Earlier this year, former President Donald J. Trump openly considered Walker to mount a challenge against Senator Warnock.“Wouldn’t it be great if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia?” Donald Trump wrote in an official statement. “He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run, Herschel, Run!”
Walker, 59, is from Wrightsville and currently resides in Texas. The former UGA great is well-respected within Georgia Republican circles. However, Trump called former Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler in February after she announced a new group called Greater Georgia, according to a source familiar with the call. Loeffler, former Rep. Doug Collins, and other Republicans like Walker are considering running against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia in 2022.
Republican strategists warn that the former President’s continued effort to impose his will on the Republican Party, shaping primaries across the country with the candidates most loyal to him, could hurt their effort to win back the Senate.
Additional reporting by CNN.