Senator Raphael Warnock’s second-round victory over Georgia held special significance for one group: women who had romantic relationships with opponent Herschel Walker and came forward with their stories of secret children, abortions and abusive behavior.
For them, the voters’ decision was proof that they had made the right choice by breaking long-held silences and exposing intimate details of their lives so that the public would see the Herschel Walker they knew.
“I am extremely proud of the outcome of this second round,” said Cheryl Parsa, who was in a five-year relationship with the former football star in the 2000s and claims he habitually lied, cheated on her and once violently assaulted her.
“The great people of Georgia deserve better representation in the Senate than Herschel Walker, and today they elected better,” she said.
Another woman, who had an affair with Herschel from 1996 to 1998 and reconnected with him a decade later, said she found strength in the election results.
“Finally this violent liar, cheater, adulterer, abuser and deranged, manipulative idiot has been defeated,” she told The Daily Beast. “As a victim of this disgusting liar, I finally feel relieved, justified and not alone.”
Parsa is one of five women who told The Daily Beast about their relationship with Walker, resulting in stories that rocked the campaign and resulted in an election so tight it went to a runoff. Talks began as early as July, with the women expressing concern about coming forward — until Walker’s behavior, denials and absolutist anti-abortion platform made them change their minds.
Walker had presented himself to voters as a model father who took a principled stand against absentee fathers; a deeply religious man who was against abortion in all cases, and a loving husband who overcame mental illness.
That image began to crumble when The Daily Beast revealed on June 14 that Walker had a secret son conceived out of wedlock alongside his adult son, Christian, a social media influencer who advised his campaign.
The child’s mother had to take Walker to court for alimony, and he took no active role in raising the child, even though he had publicly stated that if you have a child with someone “even if you have to leave that woman. .. you don’t leave the kid Walker hasn’t seen that son — his youngest — since January 2016, the mom said.
It was just two days after that initial report that The Daily Beast revealed that Walker had a second son he hadn’t publicly acknowledged — a 13-year-old by another woman. And when he confirmed his paternity, Walker dropped another bombshell: he also had a grown daughter that hardly anyone knew about.
October brought news that seemed even more damaging to his reputation: The woman from the first secret child story told The Daily Beast that Walker had paid for an abortion about three years before their son was born.
She had literal receipts: a $575 bill from the abortion clinic, a get well card from Walker, and a bank image of a $700 signed personal check from Walker around the time of the abortion. The woman also told The Daily Beast that two years later, Walker urged her to terminate their second pregnancy, saying it still wasn’t “the right time” for him.
Walker repeatedly denied paying for the abortion, but another ex-lover would later come forward, after legalizing Gloria Allred, to say he had also pressured her to call off a pregnancy to break.
Following Tuesday night’s result, the mother who spoke to The Daily Beast in October said the result was vindication.
“Georgia made their choice today. Herschel will not be their voice. Your votes are important. Your voice matters. When we as a country demand more from our leaders, we will be heard! ” she said.
Parsa decided she wanted to be heard after the election ended in November with plans for a second round. In a story published last week, she said she was with Walker as he battled dissociative identity disorder, once known as multiple personality disorder.
She recounted a 2005 incident where she caught Walker with another woman in his Dallas apartment. She said he flew into a rage, put his hands on her chest and neck, and waved his fist at her. “I thought he was going to hit me,” she said.
She told The Daily Beast she decided to go public because Walker had claimed he no longer has the mental disorder, but she saw behavior on the campaign trail that reminded her of his flare-ups.
“He’s not doing well,” she said. “And I say that as someone who knows exactly what this looks like, because I’ve been through it and seen what it does to him and other people. He can’t be a senator. He cannot control a state if he has little or no control over his mind.”
““You know that if every woman legally eligible to vote did that, we could change things, and this just shows that’s true.””
On Tuesday night, Parsa said she believes her message has gotten through.
“I am humbled by the strength of the women next to me – those who came forward and those who supported me – and I am proud of the people of Georgia for voting with their conscience and making the right decision for women, for Georgia, and for our country,” she said.
“I hope this encourages women everywhere – to feel heard, to step forward and to stand in their truth and strength.”
The woman who romanced Walker in the 90s echoed that theme.
“I’m so proud that over 50 percent of the voters who came out were women,” she said. “You know that if every woman legally eligible to vote did that, we could change things, and this just shows that’s true.”