One day after a Republican U.S. Senate rival launched a statewide radio ad campaign, University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker released a digital ad focusing on his Wrightsville hometown roots.
The ad features Don Norton, head football coach and athletic director at Johnson County High School.
“People always talk about what a great player he was,” Norton says in the ad. “To me and to our kids here at Johnson County High School, he’s more of a role model and a fantastic human being. He treats everybody as if they are more important than he is.
“He is a small-town guy who lifts people up instead of bringing them down. … I think Herschel Walker would make a great leader. He’s humble. He’s honest. He’s sincere, and he’s always stood for the right things.”
On Oct. 19, one of Walker’s three GOP rivals, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, began running a radio ad statewide highlighting his recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. In the ad, Black criticized Walker – who has been endorsed by former president Donald Trump – for what Black’s campaign called Walker’s pro-amnesty, pro-citizenship position on illegal immigration.
Walker’s campaign responded by declaring Walker backs Trump’s position on the importance of securing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock – the Democrat that Walker, Black, Kelvin King and Latham Saddler want to unseat — reported his campaign raised more than $9.5 million during third quarter of this year in a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Earlier this month, Walker reported raising $3.7 million during the first five weeks of his campaign. Contributions came from nearly 50,000 donors from all 50 states.
Black raised more than $1.3 million through Sept. 30, according to his third-quarter campaign finance report.