Georgia Agriculture Secretary and candidate for U.S. Senate Gary Black launched a new ad on Monday and took aim at Herschel Walker, a potential primary opponent.
In the nearly 30-second ad, Black mocks Walker for a recent video released by the former NFL running back that hinted at a campaign launch.
In Walker’s video, he exits a car and says, “I’m getting ready.” He proceeds to bend down to highlight the Georgia license plate of the car. Walker has previously lived in Texas.
“I’m ready. I’ve been ready. And, Herschel, I already run with the big dogs,” Black said in the ad. “For fun, my ride’s a tractor. And I’ve had Georgia plates all my life,” Black responded.
In a subsequent statement, Black said, “If my old schoolmate from UGA wants to join the conversation here in Georgia, I welcome hearing his ideas. But it takes more than pretending to change your car tags. Move here, pay taxes here, register and vote in some elections and learn what Georgians have on their minds.”
The Agriculture Secretary has attempted to build strong grassroots support throughout the state in his quest for the Republican nomination. He recently raised $703,000 from more than 670 donors, with the vast majority of donors residing in the state.
Walker has been widely encouraged to run in the state that he represented while playing football at the University of Georgia. Former President Donald Trump asked Walker to run for the highly competitive seat earlier this year.
“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia? 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,” Trump said in a statement in March.
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