Warnock, bracing for a tough Senate runoff in Georgia, posts an attack ad on himself. (Spoiler alert: He doesn’t really hate puppies.)

first_imgDemocrat Raphael Warnock, running for the U.S. Senate and headed to a January runoff against Republican Kelly Loeffler in Georgia, is bracing himself for an onslaught of attack ads — by preemptively releasing a video in which he eats pizza with a knife and pretends to hate puppies.Mr. Warnock, the pastor who now occupies Martin Luther King Jr.’s pulpit at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, offered a bit of comic relief at a moment when both parties were sweating out the presidential race.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As of late Thursday, Mr. Warnock had garnered 32.7 percent of the vote to Ms. Loeffler’s 26 percent. Ms. Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat last year, made it to the runoff by getting more votes than Rep. Doug Collins, a conservative Republican, in the multicandidate special election.- Advertisement – “Raphael Warnock eats pizza with a fork and knife,” says a voice-over as the pastor, wearing a chin napkin, fastidiously consumes a pie (à la Bill de Blasio) in a 30-second video posted on his Twitter page. “Raphael Warnock once stepped on a crack in the sidewalk. Raphael Warnock even hates puppies.”The message has a serious political purpose in a state that could be host to two Senate runoffs that may determine the balance of power in the upper chamber. As of late Thursday, incumbent Sen. David Perdue, a Republican was below the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff against a strong Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, in Georgia’s other Senate race. “Get ready Georgia. The negative ads against us are coming,” tweeted Mr. Warnock, the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. “But that won’t stop us from fighting for a better future for Georgians and focusing on the issues that matter.”Ms. Loeffler, by contrast, went the NFL Films route in her celebratory “Let’s Do This, Georgia” video on Twitter, posting a two-minute video in which she strides, in triumphant slow-motion, to a variety of campaign events — including a rally with Mr. Trump where he called her “a terrific person.”last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw climbs next step in comeback

first_imgCINCINNATI >> They were probably not the 22 most important pitches of the Dodgers’ season — but that’s only because there are more significant steps ahead in Clayton Kershaw’s recovery.But Kershaw did throw off a mound Saturday, his first time on a mound since July 16 when his back pain flared up following a simulated game at Dodger Stadium. He completed his throwing session just before a storm dropped heavy rain on Cincinnati, leaving him to do his conditioning work on the stadium steps in a steady rain.“It went good. Some pitching stuff to work on but physically I felt good,” Kershaw said, keeping his comments brief after the workout.Kershaw would not say how significant the step was in his mind. “I felt good. I don’t know,” he said. “Until you face hitters, you don’t really know for sure. But I feel 100 percent right now so that’s a good sign.”The Dodgers clearly thought it was significant. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and bench coach Bob Geren all watched Kershaw’s throwing session first hand.“I thought it was successful,” Roberts said. “With my own eyes, I thought the intensity was there. Very productive.”Kershaw is expected to throw a longer bullpen session (approximately 40 pitches) on Tuesday in Los Angeles. They are keeping the rest of the plan “under wraps,” as Kershaw put it Friday.Giants matchups The Dodgers have set their rotation through next week’s series against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles.Left-hander Scott Kazmir will start on regular rest Monday in Cincinnati, allowing the Dodgers to push right-hander Kenta Maeda back to Tuesday in the series opener against the Giants.Maeda will be working on six days’ rest. The Dodgers have made a point of giving Maeda extra rest whenever possible and it has paid off. When pitching on four days’ rest, he is 4-5 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a .237 opponent’s batting average. On extended rest, he is 8-2 with a 2.96 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and a .208 opponents’ batting average.“From my experience with Japanese players, there’s more than just the innings that he has to endure,” Roberts said. “The rest is different from Japan baseball (where pitchers pitch roughly once a week) to here. But there are also other things of every day life that he has to adjust to. Getting comfortable with the ballpark, his family finding places to eat, a grocery store — all that stuff plays into wearing on your mind. It’s a lot. I think it’s not only a transition in baseball. There’s other variables that Kenta has handled very well.“So with that, whenever we feel that we can give him an extra day or two to get his mind right, his body I think it proves a benefit.”Left-hander Rich Hill is scheduled to make his Dodgers debut Wednesday against the Giants. Saturday’s starter, Brett Anderson, is scheduled to start the series finale against the Giants on Thursday.The Giants are expected to start left-hander Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday, right-hander Johnny Cueto on Wednesday and their trade-deadline acquisition, left-hander Matt Moore, in the series finale.Reddick re-setStruggling outfielder Josh Reddick was not in the starting lineup against Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan Saturday. While Roberts said Reddick would be back in the lineup Sunday, he sounded inclined to move Reddick out of the fourth spot in the order he has occupied in 10 of his 14 starts since being acquired from the Oakland A’s.“I haven’t decided that yet,” Roberts said Saturday. “To get a day off is one thing. But also sometimes to get a different visual as far as where you’re at in the lineup, that changes things too. So I’m going to do whatever I feel is best to get him going.”Roberts said he has had “conversations” with Reddick, trying to help him deal with the pressure to make a good impression with a new team and the unrealized expectations that have become a black cloud following him. Reddick is 10 for 61 (.164) with one extra-base hit (a double) and no RBIs in his first 15 games with the Dodgers.“Everyone’s going to go through struggles,” Roberts said. “All hitters go through that. At the beginning of the season, it’s magnified. And with Josh coming over to a new team, it’s magnified. We expect him to get out of it and be the hitter he’s been his whole career.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more