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Krystal Ball: Bloggers who posted my photos are 'sexist and wrong'

By Rachel Weiner
Krystal Ball, a Democratic congressional candidate in in Virginia, is accusing political operatives of orchestrating an attack on her this week by publicizing sexually suggestive photos of her taken years ago at a gag party.

The photos depict Ball and her ex-husband posing with a sex toy at a party that she says took place shortly after college. They were posted on two Republican blogs -- Black Velvet Bruce Li and Virginia Vertucon -- before spreading around the Internet. Ball said she doesn't know how the blogs got the photos, which as far as she knew had never been posted online.

Ball initially accused her Republican opponent, Rep. Rob Wittman, of releasing them as part of a smear campaign. Wittman's spokesman said in a statement Tuesday night that Wittman is "adamantly opposed" to the release of the photos, and that he has asked bloggers to take down the pics.

Ball said Wittman's request came "hours after the damage had been done."

The district has been Republican for decades, and Ball's campaign received little national attention until now.

"It's sexist and it's wrong, regardless of political party," Ball, 28, said in a statement. "And I have a message for any young woman who is thinking about running for office 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."

"Of course, I am embarrassed by these photos, that was the whole point of these political operatives when they put them up," she said. "But more than just embarrassed, I'm angry! I'm angry that when we are suffering from high unemployment, record budget deficits and a broken education system, that crass political operatives will resort to the politics of personal destruction when they can't talk about the issues."

Ball said something similar in an interview with NBC12:

Ball also said there was a double standard for women, pointing out that Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) posed naked in Cosmopolitan magazine without facing the same scrutiny. She added that she thought Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell had experience a "similar smearing," even though she disagreed with their political views.

The Post wrote about Ball in May:

Running as "a fresh voice for Virginia," Ball has been the presumptive nominee to take on Wittman since the other Democrat in the contest, Scott Robinson, dropped out in late March. Democrats in the 1st district -- which stretches from Fauquier County south past Williamsburg to Poquoson on the Chesapeake Bay -- officially handed Ball the nomination at their local convention this weekend.
Ball, 28, runs an educational software company with her husband and has never been a candidate for political office before. For a novice, her fundraising has been prolific: As of April 18, Ball had raised $521,000 (including $76,000 in personal loans to her campaign) and had $134,000 in the bank.
As for Krystal Ball's distinctive name, explains it thusly: "Her father has a doctorate in physics and did his dissertation on crystals. So after her mother named older sisters Heidi and Holly, it was dad's turn."

Ball will reportedly appear on the Today show later this week.

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I found an slideshow video w/ Krystal ball leaked pics here:
warning, some pics are NSFW

Posted by: Brocke | October 14, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

You all really think the Republican is behind it? She had no chance to win this race, then goofs like a lot of people are on here saying "Oh, poor her, she should win now."

People who didn't care about her race before are now her supporters because of this? Give me a break.

The Republican had nothing to do with this. She is getting all kinds of free publicity for this. She's a lot more likely to be behind it than he is. He was way ahead - why bother?

Everyone getting sucked in by this, saying "Oh, I support her - yeah, this is sexist!" Wow are you people gullible.

Posted by: ElJefe22 | October 13, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I found an slideshow video w/ Krystal ball leaked pics here:
warning, some pics are NSFW

Posted by: Brocke | October 12, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

She's right. Scott Brown posed nude and the mainstream media kept deathly quiet about until the last minute. If this had been a male, or a Republican, the Post would be ignoring it completely.

Get ready for more shaming, women, the Taliban is poised to take over the House this November.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 11, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey cons, how does that crow taste?

Posted by: hodgensr | October 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I think there is a difference between pictures taken at a costume party and holding O'Donnell accountable for political statements she chose to make in public, on TV, as a political activist, about premarital sex, China, evolution, and scientific experiments (mice with human brains?). We are entitled to consider her views when considering her, and her claims that they are irrelevant are incorrect. But whether she went on a date fresh out of college with a warlock, I care not. Similarly, Palin was criticized for what she said on national television while running for Vice President. That too is fair game.

Posted by: fmjk | October 8, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

First, I don't vote in VA, but in IL district 8.

I went to her campaign website. She's a very right leaning democrat. She's a member of the NRA and supports gunowner rights. She actually comes across as more of a Libertarian.

I'd vote for her. She's young though for being in a second marriage already.

People should read beyond the headlines and I like her name and the history behind it.

Posted by: DonnyKerabatsos | October 8, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I heard she has a LOT of questionable financing going on. I think the WaPo should dig a little deeper into this tax and spend like crazy liberal wingnut.

Posted by: stinkyliberals | October 8, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to see her hoo-haa. Please let there be a sex tape out there.

Posted by: motogp46 | October 8, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I recently heard a pundit say we've become tribalized in this country. Everyone has to pick a political wasn't that way until recently...the rhetoric and crap like this is the reason for grid lock in Washington and every state capitol.

I only wish our society wasn't so puritanical in addition to becoming tribal. Sex is dirty...except on evening TV when the kids are watching. I'm sure there were more than a few moms and dads who had some splaining to do after this non-news story ran at dinnertime.

But my tribe has to find whatever way we can to discredit your tribe...afterall we need to control the grid lock...what better way than the perceived most scandalous

Posted by: tim21 | October 8, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Possibly as conseervative as they come, I think the photos being used as they are is deplorable just as I thought the attacks on Sarah Palin, Christine O Donnell, etc were deplorable. Unfortunately, folks from both sides use these attacks while attempting to influence elections.

Posted by: gfafblifr | October 8, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: WhatBubble | October 7, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: WhatBubble | October 7, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Good for her for addressing it publicly and not apologizing for the photos. And shame on the slimeballs who tried to embarrass her - some people will resort to anything. Ball redirected attention towards her campaign and the issues and really stood up for herself. She'd get my vote.

Posted by: graphchick1 | October 7, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Good for her for addressing it publicly and not apologizing for the photos. And shame on the slimeballs who tried to embarrass her - some people will resort to anything. Ball redirected attention towards her campaign and the issues and really stood up for herself. She'd get my vote.

Posted by: graphchick1 | October 7, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

blaismic, that's true, people did make a big deal out of it but they were too late because the Republicans kept him on the down-low and blindsided the Democrats before they could do a character assassination like they did with Sarah Palin. That was a GREAT move. Still, he set the new standard....nudes allowed, heh, heh...

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | October 7, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

A candidate named Krystal Ball should have seen this coming.

In all seriousness, yeah, it's a dumb and crass tactic, and yeah, men don't get treated the same way (forget Scott Brown--think David Vitter instead).

Posted by: dkp01 | October 7, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't see the sexism of posting funny photos.

The opponent's campaign in Brown's senate race DID make an issue of his modeling experience and so did women all over cable, even after he had won.

Never did I hear him say anything derogatory or conspiratorial about those who had a laugh at his expense.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 7, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

she's a ho, but then what democrat isn't?

Posted by: wewintheylose | October 7, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, if she loses her election, I think that Eliot Spitzer would probably love to her as a co-host on his show.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 7, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The photos actually make me want to vote for her more.

Posted by: Bethesdan | October 7, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Hello! That's true that it is a double standard that Scott Brown can pose nude and get elected to Congress but if a woman dares have any nudes, like she said, (not just a costume but nude pictures), it does NOT mean you can't run for office or fight what you believe in. Women's sexuality is just one aspect of their person and men have this same aspect and still get taken seriously. Most women, if they do have nudes, have them because some man BEGGED for them! The body is not a bad thing, especially not Scott Browns!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | October 7, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Victim #:X in the "I'm positive these pics won't hurt my image in the future. I'm so positive in fact, I think I'll post them to the internet, a free-public media source for everyone to see."

People are stupid, this person is stupid, use your head.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | October 7, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

i found an slideshow with lot of krystal ball leaked pics here:
some pics are NSFW

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Posted by: susan166 | October 7, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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