A gas money giveaway in favor of Herschel Walker, a Republican candidate for the Atlanta-Georgia Senate, has angered state Democrats and voting groups who said the move was hypocritical and perhaps illegal.
Organized by Pro Walker PAC34N22, the event was aimed at highlighting rising gas prices and linking the issue to Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, who runs for re-election against Walker in November. The group handed out a $ 25 fuel voucher and walker campaign flyer to drivers lined up at a gas station in downtown Atlanta on Saturday as volunteers put up a sign saying “Warnock isn’t working.”
Several Democrats and voting group leaders criticized the event, pointing out the state’s voting law prohibiting volunteers from giving out water and light meals while waiting in line. .. They argued that distributing gas vouchers to drivers in line with pumps on behalf of political candidates should be considered equally illegal.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionDemocratic Party member Bee Nguyen, who is running for Georgia’s Secretary of State, quoted the 2020 case as state investigators demanding that Metro Atlanta polling place volunteers remove all light meals and water. Said.
“It’s not legal to distribute Gas Voucher and Herschel Walker flyers at the same time,” she said. “Are they going to do something about it?”
A A note from Mr. Walker’s lawyer Gas vouchers were distributed “unconditionally” after the event denied cheating, saying voters who received the vouchers did not need to vote, register, or support political candidates.
“The Warnock campaign is angry with the 34N22 community outreach program, not because of serious legal concerns, but because Warnock helped record gas prices and Georgians pumped. I don’t want the public to know the pain I’m feeling, “says the memo. Read.
Mr. Warnock’s campaign did not comment on the event.
Walker’s campaign denied involvement in Saturday’s voucher gifts video Walker campaign volunteer Angela Stanton King has emerged to show that he has acknowledged Walker’s achievements at the gas voucher event. Campaign law prohibits candidates from directly influencing or cooperating with the PACs that support them.
“What do you know, we’re going to give this free gas gift for the community. I want them to know what I care about,” Herschel Walker said.
The Saturday event-and the subsequent backlash-provides an up-to-date view of what is likely to be a bitter and expensive battle for the Senate.
Two days before the event, Mr. Warnock TV advertising When Walker attacked him for accepting aerosol products, he claimed that the Covid-19 could get out of his body when he entered the building. The last few seconds of the ad titled “Snake Oil” flashes the words “Is Herschel Walker really ready to represent Georgia?” As a video drama of Mr. Walker explaining the treatment in an interview.