A star athlete-turned-GOP candidate is facing criticism for his lack of family values, despite running on a platform of moral integrity and personal responsibility.
Former MLB star Steve Garvey, who made a name for himself on the field with his impressive batting skills, is now seeking a seat in the California Senate. However, his campaign has hit a snag as three of his seven children have come forward accusing him of abandoning them.
Garvey, 75, gained nationwide fame during his MLB career and was known for his “squeaky-clean” reputation. However, in the late 80s, it was revealed that he had gotten two different women pregnant at the same time, before marrying a third woman. This scandal not only tarnished his public image but also inspired a popular bumper sticker reading, “Steve Garvey is not my Padre.”
Despite the scandal, Garvey committed to taking responsibility for his actions and providing for his children. Yet, according to two of his love children, now 34 years old, their father has made little effort to have any sort of relationship with them.
If elected Senator, Steve Garvey will always have time to meet with his constituents, unless they’re his kids. pic.twitter.com/IdjkS7K61X
— Chuck “Parody” Groundhog (@only_si_chuck) February 1, 2024
In a statement to the LA Times, Slade Mendehall and Ashleigh Young revealed that they have never known their father and their only interaction with him has been through the family court system. They also mention that multiple attempts were made to arrange meetings or phone calls with Garvey, but he declined every opportunity.
This is not the first time Garvey has faced criticism for his apparent lack of involvement with his children. His eldest daughter, Krisha, also spoke out, saying that her father essentially cut ties with her 15 years ago for unknown reasons. She also expressed disappointment that he has made no effort to get to know his grandchildren.
Three adult children of Steve Garvey—the former major leaguer now running for Senate in California—say his public image as a “devoted family man” doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.https://t.co/461P77MiKS
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 2, 2024
Despite these revelations, Garvey continues to campaign on a “moral integrity” platform. However, his actions – or lack thereof – speak louder than his words. It seems that behind the facade of a squeaky-clean, family-values politician, lies a man who is unwilling to take responsibility for his own actions and make amends with those he has hurt.
His daughter Krisha also pointed out the irony of her father making money by selling personalized messages on the popular app Cameo while ignoring the existence of his own daughter.
Garvey may have the looks and charm of a trustworthy politician, but it seems that behind the facade, he may lack the substance to back it up.