Monday, October 11, 2010

Krystal Ball photographs termed political dirty pool by candidate

To say that Virginia Democratic 1st Congressional District seat candidate Krystal Ball has “an image problem” may be an understatement, writes the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Widespread Krystal Ball photos of her dressed as a bad Santa are apparently too much for incumbent Republican opponent Robert Wittman to ignore. Wittman denies involvement and claims he simply wants to focus on the issues.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Ball photographs

The candidate is at a college Halloween party with her who had been then husband within the Krystal Ball pictures that are six years old. Ball’s husband has a small pet chain on him as he is dressed as a reindeer. Ball is wearing a Santa hat though. The real scandal is that there are photographs of Ball and a friend interacting with the nose on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which looks like a sex toy.

Wittman thinks the photos have to be taken down and has asked for it

Whether it is because he doesn’t believe in dirty politics or believes the damage has already been done, the Times-Dispatch reports that Wittman has requested that the Krystal Ball photographs be taken down from the conservative blog where they first appeared. That hasn’t stopped Ball from taking matters into her own hands, however. She lashes back at the release of the photos in a YouTube video that she released. Ball doesn’t deny being the Santa in the photos yet. She just says she is embarrassed the photographs were released.

Krystal Ball annoyed

The reaction that Ball made on YouTube doesn’t talk only about the pictures. She talks about significant issues being brought up in midterm elections. She says that unemployment, spending budget deficits and school systems need some severe repair. Before ending, Ball makes sure to fire back at the “crass political operatives (who) will turn to the politics of personal destruction when they can’t talk about the issues.” ”Sexist and wrong,” are the words she uses to describe the Ball photographs. Then Ball states that even if a young woman has done something embarrassing on a camera, she should nevertheless have political aspirations.

Information from

Richmond Times-Dispatch

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