All eyes are on the two Senate runoff races in Georgia scheduled for Jan. 5 that will determine the balance of power in the Senate — particularly the race between Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock. As of now, the match-up is locked in a statistical tie, according to RealClearPolitics — but things may soon be changing.
Warnock’s campaign was flipped on its head days ago when police body cam footage was released that caught the aftermath of a domestic dispute that occurred in March between the Democrat and his then-estranged wife — and now, Warnock has been left trying to do damage control.
According to The Hill, Warnock insisted in a subsequent statement that he would remain focused on his family and Georgians, adding that his opponent Loeffler is “busy playing games” with other politicians in Washington.
“I’m going to stay focused on my family which includes their mother and I’m going to stay focused on the people of Georgia who during a pandemic are still waiting on relief all these months later while politicians including Kelly Loeffler are busy playing games,” Warnock told Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL-TV.
“He’s a great actor”
The incredible body cam footage was first aired publicly this week by Tucker Carlson of Fox News. Warnock and his now-ex-wife Ouleye Ndoye were going through their divorce at the time of the incident, and were reportedly arguing over child custody when Warnock was alleged to have driven his car over Ndoye’s foot.
Warnock denied running over Ndoye’s foot and he faced no charges in the matter after medical responders were unable to find evidence of any injuries, Fox reported. Ndoye’s account while speaking to the officer put forward a different version of events, however.
“This man is running for United States Senate, and all he cares about right now is his reputation,” she said through tears, according to The Hill. “I’ve been trying to be very quiet about the way that he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation,” she added in the clip shared by Carlson. “So that is what is going on here. And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”
“Georgians deserve answers”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had initially reported on the dispute in March, but the paper seemed to side with Warnock and did not obtain the publicly available body cam footage that offered a different glimpse into Warnock’s life than is typically revealed on the campaign trail.
The AJC nonetheless followed up on the story after Fox aired the footage, albeit perhaps only to share the Warnock campaign’s reaction to the bombshell, which was to dismiss it as “desperate and shameful” and to accused Loeffler of having “stooped to a new low” in her attacks against him and his family.
For her part in all of this, Loeffler said in a statement that “[d]omestic abuse is a very serious issue, and this new body cam footage is certainly difficult to watch,” The Hill reported.
She went on: “Georgians deserve answers to these very serious allegations, and his ex-wife’s voice deserves to be heard.”