Warnock Mired in Controversy Heading into Runoff Election

Warnock Mired in Controversy Heading into Runoff Election

November 22, 2022

Sen. Raphael Warnock’s (D-GA) campaign is covered in controversy stemming from his church’s apartment building, his personal life, and his campaign spending habits, with less than three weeks until his runoff election in Georgia against Republican Herschel Walker, according to Breitbart News.

Although Warnock earns a $7,417 monthly housing allowance from Ebenezer Baptist Church, the low-income apartment building his church owns is reportedly threatening to evict tenants for as little as $192 in unpaid rent. The building reportedly brought eviction proceedings against some of its residents during the coronavirus pandemic. “[Warnock] said there would be no evictions,” Phillip White, a black Vietnam vet at risk of being evicted, told the Free Beacon. “He knew that was a lie. What he was really saying is there would be no evictions until after the election.”

In addition to that controversy, Warnock’s ex-wife reportedly asked a Georgia court to order him in for questioning stemming from their ongoing custody battle. She has accused him of neglecting to see his children during the days he had custody and not paying childcare expenses.

Warnock has also made headlines for spending nearly $1 million on campaign security during the midterm election cycle, despite receiving endorsements from groups that have called to defund the police. “Warnock paying for security detail is like an arsonist paying for a firefighter suit,” GOP strategist Stephen Lawson told the Washington Examiner.

One of the groups Warnock boasts an endorsement from is Color of Change, a California-based dark money group that has consistently called to defund the police. Color of Change describes itself as “the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.”

Warnock is also endorsed by the dark money group Sierra Club, an environmental group that wrote a memo titled “The Time Has Come To Defund The Police” in 2020 amid the George Floyd riots. The Sierra Club in August 2020 also claimed that law enforcement engages in “terrorism against Black and Brown people.”

Warnock also received endorsements from NARAL Pro-Choice America, League of Conservation Voters, and Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, all dark money organizations that have called to defund the police.

Georgia Republican Party spokeswoman Danielle Repass criticized Warnock’s hypocrisy, telling the Examiner:

Raphael Warnock is the man who infamously called police officers “thugs” and “bullies,” so it comes as no surprise that he would accept endorsements from defund-the-police groups. The Democrat Party’s national pastime is hypocrisy, and Warnock’s proclivity for “elite” million-dollar private security is just his way of keeping up with other far-leftists.

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