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Ball “angry” suggestive photos were posted on the internet

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Not much attention has been given to the race for congress in Virginia’s 1st district. Upstart Democrat, Krystal Ball has a run a spirited campaign, marked by her traveling around the district with a cardboard cutout of Rep. Rob Wittman, her opponent.  (A statement because Wittman won’t agree to a debate)

While Ball has been aggressive, her race has not garnered enough attention to be considered a real threat to Wittman, a Republican in a district that has been GOP since the 70’s.

Ball has tried hard to get the attention of the media in district that the Richmond, Washington, D.C. and Hampton Roads TV markets largely ignore because it is sandwiched between them.  Ball is now getting that media attention she craves, albeit not for the reasons she had hoped. A series of Republican blogs posted photos of her from a party where she is posing suggestively with a sex toy.

The photos, which we won’t link directly to, (some of which can be seen in our story that aired Tuesday night on NBC12), have already gone viral.  Ball’s story is set to go national. She is scheduled to appear on the Today Show later this week.

Before she makes the rounds across the country, Ball first spoke to NBC12.

She admitted the pictures are of her. They were taken at a private “gag” party with a small group of people right after she graduated from college. Also pictured are her ex-husband and her best friend.

Here is an extended clip from our conversation where she explains where the photos came from:

Ball said the photos, while embarrassing, were never meant to be posted on the internet. She said they were taken long before she ever thought about running for Congress.  But she also went on the attack. Saying the photos made her “angry” and she believes if she were a man they wouldn’t be getting nearly the attention:

As for her opponent, Rob Wittman stayed as far away from the fray as possible. Privately, he reached out specifically to Republican bloggers that he has worked with in the past and asked them not to post the photos. His campaign manager Casey Werderman provided me with the following statement:

“From the beginning our campaign has been focused on jobs and the economy, reigning in the out of control spending, supporting our military and cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.  These issues are clearly plenty to keep us busy without talking about these pictures.  Rob is adamantly opposed to their display and we have asked that they be removed so that we can continue to discuss the issues important to the folks in the first district.”

This is probably just the beginning of this photos being splashed all over television and the internet. We will see if this controversy makes the race in Virginia’s 1st District any more interesting.


Written by Ryan Nobles

October 5, 2010 at 11:51 pm

16 Responses

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  1. People talked a lot about Scott Brown’s magazine shoot. Krystal, for example. Doubt this would be ignored if Congressman Wittman was in those same pics. Her beef is with politics, not a double standard.


    October 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

  2. Another thing, why is she lying about when the photos were taken? Based on the metadata embedded in the photos, they were taken a year and a half before she graduated from college (Also, that doesn’t jive well with the X-mas theme.)

    Ho Ho Ho

    October 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

  3. As I recall, Democrats worked mightily to make Scott Brown’s magazine shoot an issue in the campaign. There’s no double-standard here.

    However, I’d much rather look at her pictures.

    James Young

    October 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

  4. ROFL!!! OK, we have a republican who says she dated a guy who was a satanist in one state, and now we have a porn princess with a unique appendage in some photo’s in another state. Does it get any better than this???

    I think not!!

    Bada Ba Ba Baaa!! I’m Loving It!

    Well Blow Me Down!

    October 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

  5. She is a lousy candidate, who is devoid of any useful political ideas. Had she not been born with good looks and XX chromosomes, she would never have received the nomination. Even so, it should surprise no one that the Republicans have tried to smear her, even though she was no significant threat in the heavily Republican gerrymandered First District.

    However, nothing is low enough for the various “rented strangers” who manage campaigns of today. The question that the citizens should be asking today is, “What can we do to have an honest campaign where the candidates actually debate real issues that we all face?”

    The voyeurs may be, “loving it” but it is our Republic, our LIBERTY and our citizens who will suffer from this gutter level campaigning.

    J. Tyler Ballance

    October 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  6. […] the best way to ensure that the story has legs?  Well, first, do an interview with a local TV station.  Then go on the Today […]

  7. Given that this was but a few years ago, it is evident that she is immature and shouldn’t be anywhere near Congress.

    Why is it that when reports surface that she and her husband are involved in multiple questionable penny stock companies and she receives a mystery $5 million in stock for a “settlement” (that the company denies having given to her), you are silent. But as soon as smutty pictures turn up on the internet, you’re there!

    Casanova Frankenstein

    October 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm

  8. Once again we see how a private moment among trusted friends can rocket across the world on the Internet. The experience will serve Ms. Ball well in Congress as she considers how we can have free-flowing communications and still protect the rights of individuals to privacy, As for the comment that Ms. Ball is devoid of ideas, that’s absurd. I’ve heard her speak many times and she is very impressive, highly-intelligent, and the recipient of a fine education at one of the nation’s premiere schools. Her looks are not what make her a formidable candidate; it’s her brains and commitment to service. Her opponent is afraid to debate her.


    October 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm

  9. […] Daily Show”.   The outlets were interested in speaking to Ball about her reaction to a series of suggestive photos of her that were posted on a series of political blogs earlier this […]

  10. You won’t link to the photos, but you’ll put them on the air. How noble.


    October 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  11. Does a GOP double standard exist?

    One example: Speaker of the House, Henry Hyde, who was 41 years old and married when he had and affair. He admitted publicly to the affair in 1998, describing the relationship as a “youthful indiscretion”.

    That same Henry Hyde(R) “received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on November 5, 2007.”


    October 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm

  12. Sexist for her but NOT for O’Donnell. Nonsense.

    Where is the condemnation of her character by the press? Double Standard. Hypocrite Dems!



    October 9, 2010 at 9:39 am

  13. […] also look at the Congressional elections. Specfically, we talk about Krystal Ball’s affinity for big, red objects and why she just wants the story to keep, er, growing? We also talk about Glenn Nye’s […]

  14. […] Ball kicks off our candidate interviews on Wednesday. The revelation of suggestive photos of Ball have become a national media sensation. She granted the first interview on the subject to […]

  15. […] the days following the release of the photos, Ball claimed that sexism was to blame. She was backed up by several prominent feminists and then conducted a series of largely positive […]

  16. […] but fiesty challenge from first time candidate Krystal Ball.  It was low profile of course, until suggestive photos of her leaked on the […]

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