Krystal Ball faces backlash as racy photos surface from her past
Krystal Ball, a Democrat running for Congress in Virginia, is accusing conservative political operatives of a sexist smear campaign, leaking racy photographs of her taken at a holiday costume party back in 2004.
Ball, age 28, a first-time candidate, confirmed that the photos were taken at a Christmas shortly after college graduation. The images, depicting Ball in a short skirt and a Santa Claus hat posing with her husband, another woman and a sex toy, were posted by a conservative blog called Virginia Virtucon.
The photos have since gone viral, spreading all over the Internet and making Ball one of the most searched terms on Google.
Virginia Virtucon has since removed the photos from its website.
Ball accused her Republican opponent, Rep. Rob Wittman, the incumbent, of being behind the pictures’ publication. Wittman has denied any involvement and called from the pictures to be taken off websites.
“It’s sexist and it’s wrong, regardless of political party,” said Ball. “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 there was “double standard” for women, pointing out that Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., had “posed nude in a centerfold and people didn’t talk too much about that.”
Ball said other women candidates, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, had similarly been smeared and held to a different standard.
“I disagree very much with Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell, but they’ve gone through a similar smearing. It’s not fair when it’s done on the left. It’s not fair when it’s done on the right,” she said.
Original posts were made on Deskofbrian.com, Source: http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/