Both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs in an upcoming run-off election because both races were too close to call on Election Day, and now, pundits and politicians on both sides of the aisle are busy speculating about the impact of these races on the power structure of the next legislative session.
For his part, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is among those in the GOP who are openly raising questions about the background of one Democratic candidate — in particular, an arrest that occurred nearly two decades ago, as reported by the Daily Wire.
“Arrested for obstructing”
Raphael Warnock is vying for the seat currently held by Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who was appointed earlier this year by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to fill out the remainder of retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term.
As many critics have pointed out, Warnock was arrested in 2002 on allegations of obstructing an investigation into claims of child abuse at a church camp.
Cotton brought up the incident in a tweet asserting that a fair news media industry would dig into the story with the same vigor shown toward similar allegations lodged against a Republican candidate.
“In 2002, when the police investigated suspected child abuse at Raphael Warnock’s church camp for children, Warnock was arrested for obstructing the investigation,” he tweeted. “Will the media ask Raphael Warnock why he interfered with the police investigation?”
He included a link to one Baltimore Sun article from the time, which provided more details about the case.
“Interrupted a police interview”
A screenshot from that article included one relevant snippet: “The ministers interrupted a police interview of a counselor Wednesday in a room at the camp and, after investigators moved the interview to a nearby picnic area, interfered again and subsequently tried to prevent a camper from directing police to another potential witness, according to charging documents.”
According to the Dialy Wire, a state trooper assigned to the case insisted that she had “never encountered resistance like that at all,” ultimately managing to conduct the interview only after informing the counselors that they were under no obligation to answer her questions and were free to leave at any time.
In his defense, Warnock said at the time that he had not acted inappropriately in his interactions with the trooper but had merely been trying to assert that attorneys should have been present for any interviews between counselors and law enforcement.
Such context was not the primary point of Cotton’s Twitter thread.
“If a Republican helped run a camp for children that was investigated for child abuse — and then was arrested for trying to block the investigation — the media would be asking a lot of questions,” he concluded.