(CNN) – Republican Senate candidate from Georgia Herschel Walker, facing renewed and mounting questions about his residency in the final week of the runoff campaign, described himself as a Texas resident during a campaign speech in January and said he deciding to run for the Georgia Senate seat while at his “home” in Texas, according to a CNN KFile review of his campaign speeches.
Georgia Democrats call for an investigation by state officials into Walker’s residence after CNN’s KFile reported last week that Walker was getting a Texas tax break intended for a primary residence, possibly inconsistent with Texas tax law and certain rules for establishing residency in Georgia to vote and run for office.
“I live in Texas,” Walker She said in January of this year, speaking to college Republicans at the University of Georgia. Walker was criticizing Democrats for not visiting the border when he made the comments. “Sometimes I went to the border from time to time,” he said.
Early in the speech, Walker said he decided to run for the Georgia Senate seat while at his home in Texas after seeing the country divided.
“Everyone asks me, why did I decide to run for the Senate? Because to be honest with you, this is never something I ever, ever, ever thought in my life that I would ever do,” Walker said. “And that is the plain truth. As I sat in my house in Texas, I sat in my house in Texas and saw what was happening in this country. I was seeing what was going on in this country with how they were trying to divide people.”
The Georgia Republican is heading into a runoff against Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock on Dec. 6. Walker and his campaign thus far have not commented to CNN or others on the reporting of the tax break or questions about his residency.
Monday, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that Georgia authorities were urged in a complaint to investigate Walker’s residence. Georgia Democrats in a statement called for an immediate investigation into Walker’s whereabouts, and Congresswoman Nikema Williams, chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, also asked authorities to see if Walker lied about living in Georgia.
“The Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the Georgia Attorney General’s Office must immediately investigate whether Herschel Walker lied about being a Georgia resident,” Williams said.
He made media appearances from Texas
A CNN KFile review of some of Walker’s 2021 and 2022 media appearances and events finds that Walker appeared on Fox News and other conservative media outlets from his home in Texas at least four times after announcing his candidacy for the presidential seat. Georgia Senate.
Prior to the announcement, all of Walker’s media appearances on Fox News and other conservative media outlets, approximately 20 total, took place in Texas.