Georgia Senate Runoff Gets Nasty

The 2020 Election Day that just wouldn’t die.

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Just when you thought politics couldn’t get any more full-contact, police body-cam footage has been released of a domestic dispute between high-profile Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock and his wife.

U.S. Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock’s wife told a police officer in March that her husband purposely ran over her foot during a heated argument between the two. She also called Rev. Warnock “a great actor” during the recorded domestic dispute.

The Democratic Senate candidate from Georgia denied allegations that he deliberately ran over his wife’s foot, to which his wife Ouleye Ndoye responded that he is “phenomenal at putting on a really good show,” according to body camera footage.

The police footage showed a police officer pulling up to Warnock’s house in Atlanta. Warnock, who is the Senior Pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, can be seen telling the officer that his wife called the police on him, alleging he had run over her foot.

“Did you run over her foot?” the officer asked.

“I don’t think so,” Warnock responded. “I do not think so.”

Warnock then explained that he and his wife Ouleye were in the process of getting a divorce and that the domestic disputes between them had been escalating. Warnock told the officer the argument was about divorce papers. He said that when he tried to close the car door and pull out, his wife stopped him by standing in front of the car’s rear passenger door.

“I don’t want to get into a shoving match with her. So I go back around, get back in the car, and I slowly start to move, like I’m gonna move forward. Then she claims I ran over her foot,” Warnock told the police officer.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the two had been arguing over whether Warnock would allow his wife to apply for passports to take their two children to attend her grandfather’s funeral in West Africa.

When the officer asked Warnock’s wife for his side of the story, she claimed to have been trying to get a signature for a passport so she and her kids could see her family in West Africa after the death of her grandpa.

“He’s like, ‘Ouleye, close the door. I’m leaving,’” his wife said, trying to hold back tears in the video. “And I was like, ‘just hear me out. If your mom died, and I had the kids. Wouldn’t you want me to let them go with you to the funeral?’ And he just starts backing the car up. He wasn’t going fast, I’m not bleeding. But I just can’t believe he’d run me over.”

The officer asked if she thought it was intentional.

“Obviously,” she responded. “I was standing here. The door was open and I’m leaning into the car. How can you drive the car when I’m leaning into it?”

“This man’s running for the United States Senate, and all he cares about right now is his reputation,” she told the officer. “I work at the mayor’s office and this is a big problem. I’ve been trying to be very quiet about the way that he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation.”

“I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line,” his wife continued while crying. “So that is what is going on here. And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”

Warnock was not charged with a crime during the incident, and medical officials did not find visible signs of injury on his wife’s foot. The couple finalized their divorce proceedings in May. Warnock is running against GOP incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler in one of two races that will determine which party controls the United States Senate.

The Georgia run-off between Loeffler and Warnock isn’t the only race heating up in Georgia.

The Washington Post, certainly no friend to Republicans, took the somewhat surprising step of criticizing the Democratic challenger in the other run-off. According to a recent report by the Post, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff inflated his national security credentials during his 2017 run for Congress.

“I’ve got five years of experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. Congress. I held top-secret security clearance,” said Ossoff in 2017. It is a statement that even the most Democrat-friendly fact checkers could rate as only half true.

Nor is a “bit too much resume puffery” the worst of it.

Perhaps the most scandalous information about the upcoming Georgia run-offs, more outrageous than even the unprecedented number of double voters in Georgia, is the unprecedented amount of money pouring into the Georgia race.

Democratic challengers Warnock and Ossoff have each raised over $100 million. Now, as Election Day 2020 drags closer to its conclusion, the result of the Georgia run-off election is sure to be a nail-biter for both parties until the bitter end.

(Contributing journalist, Allegra Nokaj) (Contributing writer, Brooke Bell)

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