Chuck Schumer had a miserable 2020.
Impeachment blew up in the Democrats’ faces and then the party suffered a humiliation on election night as the GOP stunned all the so-called “experts” by maintaining at least 50 Senate seats.
And this child abuse investigation by police turned Chuck Schumer’s life upside down.
Democrats have one final chance to tie the Senate 50 to 50 by winning the two Georgia Senate runoff elections which would hand the Democrats control of the Senate if Joe Biden wins the Presidency because a Vice President Kamala Harris could cast a tie-breaking vote.
Raphael Warnock is the radical socialist challenging Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler.
Polls show a tight race, but Warnock was not vetted by voters in the all-party jungle primary in November because the focus of that race was which Republican—Loeffler or Congressman Doug Collins—would emerge as the Republican nominee.
Warnock’s troubled past is now under a microscope.
In the only debate between the two candidates, Warnock addressed a scandal from his past where police officers accused Warnock in 2002 of allegedly interfering in a police investigation into child abuse at a summer camp affiliated with Warnock’s church.
Warnock claimed the police officers vindicated his behavior claiming that they “actually later thanked me for my cooperation and for helping them.”
That is a misleading interpretation of events.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Tfc. Danielle Barry, a veteran investigator with the Maryland State Police’s child abuse division, wrote in her July 31, 2002, report that Warnock and another church official named Rev. Mark Andre Wainwright “interfered with a criminal investigation by interrupting interviews and directing people not to talk to investigators.”
As investigators were conducting their first scheduled interview with a counselor in a private camp office, Warnock and Wainwright entered the room and “demanded that [they] be present for the interview,” according to the report. Barry told them they were “not permitted to join the interview.”
Warnock’s debate performance was a disaster.
During the debate Warnock refused to state his position on packing the Supreme Court—a policy Democrats have called to impose should the party take control of the United States Senate.
Warnock also came under fire for calling police thugs, criticizing Christians that served in the military, and for a 1995 appearance by Cuba’s communist dictator Fidel Castro at a church where Warnock served as the youth pastor.
If Republicans win just one of the two Senate runoff races they will maintain their Senate majority for at least the next two years.
Warnock’s scandalous and radical past will make it difficult for Democrats to sweep both races and could extinguish Chuck Schumer’s final hope of wielding power in 2021.
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