If Democratic Virginia House candidate Krystal Ball used one of her namesakes a few years back, it certainly didn’t let her in on the fact that some racy Christmas party pictures would come back to haunt her while running for public office. But that is exactly what has happened. According to “The Hill,” the 29-year-old Ball took to her website to make an angry statement blaming her opponent, Republican Rob Wittman, and urging young women to follow their goals, even if it means seeing some embarrassing details of one’s life exposed.
“It’s sexist and it’s wrong, regardless of political party,” Ball said. “And I have a message for any young woman who is thinking about running for office,” she continued, “and has ever attended a costume party with her husband or done anything stupid on camera. Run for office. Fight for this country. Don’t let this sort of tactic deter you.”
She called the posting of the risque pictures “sexist treatment” and “politics of personal destruction.” But she admitted that they were damaging and embarrassing. She also admitted that they were taken about six years ago, just after she had graduated from college.
One of the pictures in question depicts Krystal Ball in a Santa hat and a leotard, holding a leash. The leash is connected to the neck of her ex-husband.
One of the websites, “Virginia Virtucon,” has since taken the Democratic candidate’s pictures down, but uses the incident as an indictment against Virginia’s mainstream media for not reporting on some of Krystal Ball’s questionable business practices and campaign funding.
Ball, who is considered a long-shot for the House seat, concluded her statement with: “I’m a wife, mother, a CPA and a small-business owner. When I stepped up to run for this seat, I knew that our politics had deteriorated to viciousness.”
According to her website, Ball decided to run for office after the 2008 birth of her daughter. In her introduction, Ball wrote, “Nothing is going to change until we demand from our government the same common sense and common decency that we demand from ourselves.”
It would appear that some are a little less demanding of themselves than others…
Rob Wittman has denied involvement in the “leak” of the pictures and issued a statement condemning the use of the photos, asking that the posting websites remove them.