Krystal Ball Fires Back: “This is incredibly sexist…outrageous”


    As you probably know, photos of Krystal Ball from a party several years ago, where she is “posing suggestively with a sex toy,” are now all over the internet. For more, see NBC 12. Also, see after the “fold” for more video from the interview. Among other things, Krystal Ball notes that Scott Brown posed nude as a centerfold, and he’s in the U.S. Senate.

    UPDATE: Ryan Nobles tweets, “get ready for the Krystal Ball national media tour. She is scheduled to appear on the @TodayShow later this week.” Talk about making lemonade out of lemons! What will Krystal Ball’s name ID be after this week? As high as Christine O’Donnell’s nationally?  Stay tuned!

    UPDATE #2: Ryan Nobles tweets, “Rob Wittman’s campaign asking GOP bloggers to take down photos of his opponent, Krystal Ball circulating on the internet.”  I sure hope that’s true.

    • Old Redneck

      Krystal Ball’s response to the photos is exactly what she should be doing — denouncing the photos and moving on, using this opportunity in the spotlight to take a few shots at Wittman for not debating, for dodging the issues, and the like.

      HOWEVER — let’s not point out the obvious:  Scott Robinson would never have had this problem.

      Scott is not the candidate because he spent his time shaking hands in VFW and Legion halls, drinking morning coffee with voters, and getting on the ground with real people while Krystal followed the lead of her Vegas advisors and packed the big-county Democratic caucuses with supporters.

      Maybe one day we Democrats will wake up and get a candidate who connects with voters, not someone who has a slick campaign organization.

    • DanielK

      She noted O’Donnell and how she has been treated but at least with O’Donnell I don’t believe much of her treatment is based on sexism as much as her own silliness from d interviews and everything else. I’m sure some sexist comments have been made but overall O’Donnell has brought some of the attacks on herself (Masturbation, etc) as well as lying about her college last and failure to pay back loans.

      But once again Krystal is right….This is unfortunate and disrespectful to any female candidate of any party.  Going directly at this is awesome and will show she is above what GOP bloggers and “our guy” want people to believe she is.

    • Dan Sullivan

      It is neither. It is ad hominem. It is out of context. It is a juvenile fixation of the sort usually displayed by closet pervs.

    • I really wish she hadn’t gone down this particular road.  Because let’s face it, if there were similar pictures of a man doing the same things, it isn’t as though they wouldn’t have been put out there.  (The trouble with sexy stories is the puns and double entendres really write themselves…)

      What she’s trying to say is that these photos will likely hurt her more because she is a woman.  But let’s look at that — if the genders of the couple in the pictures were switched, it might be MORE harmful for a male candidate.  (Yes, I’m sure that’s really what you wanted to be thinking about….)  

      And while it’s true that the pictures will hurt her more than they did someone like Scott Brown, well, I do have to add that Scott Brown lives in MA and Krystal Ball lives in a conservative area of Virginia.  It’s not quite apples to oranges, and that might not have much to do with gender.

      However, the West Virginian in me (and I know Ball has WV roots as well) applauds the idea of fighting back!

    • 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. Like most Americans, I want to serve my country and help make the future better for children and families around the first district of Virginia and the United States. We have been begging my opponent to debate for months and he’s been ducking. Yesterday, we started our first radio ads calling my opponent out for not debating the issues. His campaign called our local radio stations and tried to find out the size of our ad buy. A few hours later, this smear campaign started against me, posted by a blogger with close ties to my opponent’s campaign and the local Republican party. Hours after the damage had been done and these private photos leaked to the world, my opponent issued a press release denying he had anything to do with this.

      These photos are of me and my ex-husband at a holiday costume party. They are around six years old, when I was about 22. Of course, I am embarrassed by these photos, that was the whole point of these political operatives when they put them up. 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. This is not a way to conduct a political campaign and the people of the first district of Virginia and of the United States are disgusted by these kinds of tactics. It’s sexist and it’s wrong, regardless of political party. 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. Good people, people of conscience, will come to your aid and you should trust in the basic fairness of the American people. Run for office. We need you.