Krystal Ball calls coverage of photo flap “fair”
In her first live local television interview since the revelation of suggestive photos from her past, 1st District congressional candidate Krystal Ball said that looking back, the coverage of the issue was just.
“I feel like we’ve been treated fairly,” she said. “And so now we’re ready to get back to facing constituents in this district.”
In 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 national television interviews on the subject. Her final salvo was a strongly written editorial in the Huffington Post, where she claimed purveyors of the photos were basically calling her a “whore”.
Today, Ball conceded that most mainstream outlets handled the story correctly.
“The part I objected to was the initial posting of the photos and the way they were portrayed,” she said. “But we did a lot of interviews. We’ve issued a very lengthy statement and now we’re ready to get back to the issues.”
One of those issues, is her personal finances. Ball at one point described her personal financial situation as “sub-$100 thousand a year.” A second financial disclosure revealed that she and her husband had a net worth in excess of $1 million. Some of that money was used to fund her campaign. Ball said that the discrepancy was the result of the schedule of financial disclosures, but she wouldn’t say whether or not her family could still be described as one that lives off less than $100 thousand a year.
“We have a small business, successful, and we’ve been proud to make and investment ourselves in this race and that’s where we stand,” she said.
Finally Ball took to task her opponent, the Republican incumbent, Rob Wittman who at first, not agreed to a face to face debate with the Democrat. Ball claims the voters in the 1st District deserve to see how the two candidates match up.
“The lack of a willingness to debate to me speaks to sort of sense of entitlement to the seat, and we just simply want to say, ‘This isn’t your seat. This seat belongs to voters in the first district of Virginia,” said Ball.
Wittman and Ball will appear at a candidates forum Wednesday night in Williamsburg, hosted by the League of Women Voters.
Mr. Wittman will get his chance to respond to our interview when he appears on NBC12 First at 4 on Tuesday October 26th.
You can see the complete interview with Krystal Ball below. The transcript of the interview is available on NBC12.com.
Next up in our Meet the Candidates series will be Dr. Wynne LeGrow. Dr. LeGrow is the Democratic Challenger in Virginia’s 4th congressional district. You can see the full schedule here.