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Memo to would-be candidates for public office: beware of costume parties, especially when cameras are snapping away. Krystal Ball (yes, her real name), a Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia, is dealing with some unwanted publicity this week -- Internet postings of her in a Santa hat and leotard that she says were taken six years ago, just after she graduated from college.

Ball, 29, is blaming her opponent, Republican Rep. Rob Wittman, saying it is all part of a smear campaign against her. But Wittman says he's opposed to the release of the photos and wants the bloggers who put them up to take them down, The Hill newspaper said Thursday.

In the pictures, Ball appears to be holding a leash attached to the neck of a guy that she says is her ex-husband. Ball says she is more angry than embarrassed. The release of the pictures is "sexist and it's wrong," The Hill quotes her as saying.

Krystal BallAnd she has advice for any other "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": Don't be deterred -- "run for office."

"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," she added.

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ruthh2092

OMG, people, it was a Halloween party! Why don't we protest against issues being ignored to publish this unimportant stuff.

October 14 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

What kind of people would want to do that to another person anyway? Only deluded individuals pretending to have no faults is my guess. Southern gentility, respect and dignity have been removed by Conservatives needing to win at any cost. Selling of the soul has become really popular lately. We've certainly lost a lot of class in America.

October 10 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

She needs to look at her own party. Go after a conservative for dabbling in witchcraft 20 years ago whe she was 16. How old was she when she was playing these kinky sexual games? Was she 16? Call another a ***** and that is alright no big deal to the liberal press. A housekeeper says she was abused by being paid 24.00 a hour. The person representing her has put her out to be prosecuted, could be jail time. But no one think this was illegal of that person. So no liberals have nothing to say if they are drug thru the mud. The liberals and the liberals press started this because they cannot run on the issues.

October 10 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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Fearless Leader

You mean issues such as "Privatizing SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND VA Healthcare? Those kind of issues? or something along the lines of GOP "buying" an election with Foreign money from Bahrain and India thru the Phoney US Chamber of Commerce, and crossroads america? Seem s for someone whining about issues you have yet to state a SINGLE ONE!

October 12 2010 at 9:09 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Jan's Favorites

Ball was going to a Halloween party. That's a little different from a "family values" candidate practicing witchcraft. The article says it was after she graduated from college, so she was hardly 16 unless she's a prodigy.

October 12 2010 at 11:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
HdwMan

How come when a Republican says that when she was young she was dabbling in Wiccan side and it is a big thing...and it dod not matter that it was 20 years ago...but 6 years ago and some mud comes up on a liberal and it is all crock tears????

October 10 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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Fearless Leader

Actually Ms ODonnell and her defenders are the ones that bring this up, her opposition is more inclined to bring up her spending campaign funds on personal use, her never having held a job that DID NOT involve campaigns and donations and the fact that she has been running for office (unsuccessfully) for the better part of a decade.

October 12 2010 at 9:15 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Josh Temple

I think it's a big deal... not so much what she did but just the state of our political machine. When was the last time we heard simple civil discourse and disagreement from two opposing sides? All we have now are the reality TV style Ad Hominem attacks and character assassination... so sad...

October 09 2010 at 11:41 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
reignmond

I am more disturbed by her name, but that is the fault of her parents!

October 08 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tgiandalon

I don't think it's any big deal...it was something she did in college...at a costume party....who the heck cares. I read these comments about her being a bad role model...that's ridiculous...what are people thinking. There's a huge difference between a 20 year old in college and someone almost 30....whose a mother, has a business....she sounds like a good role model from what I can see or know about her. Whether she is democrat or republican...makes no difference. When I hear the "judmental attitudes" coming from apparently conservative religious christians...you should be ashamed...who the heck are you to judge anyone. You can't even follow the basic principles of your own religious views and beliefs...If you don't like what she did...that's fine ..but making a character judgement about her because of a costume party...geez....grow up. It always seems to be the case that the louder someone tried to portray themselves as so "moral" the more likely it is they are hiding something...what happened to "he who is without sin cast the first stone"...or judge not lest you be judged....such hypocracy. I'm so tried of people in general lashing out at others...everyone is so angry. What happened to middle of the road people...why are so many people so left or so right...we blame the politians , the congress, the senate for being that way.....they're a reflection of us as a people and as a nation...doesn't anyone get that. The mojority of Americans, of people, have so many things in common...most of us want to be good people, good parents, treat others fairly, be productive, be educated, have faith no matter what religion, ....we have so much more in common, why are people so interested in pointing out the differences that we have rather then work with what we all have in common...I just don't get it...

October 08 2010 at 3:00 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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Wayne Frazier

Very well said. I wish more people could see the world thru you eyes! Thank you for saying it better than I ever could!

October 13 2010 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barleygoogle

I am not familiar with where these photos were posted, but what in the world makes them "sexist" and "wrong"? I don't understand why Ball would say that about her appearance at a party, in an outfit and pose of her own choosing. If someone comes into the public eye, and another says, 'hey, I knew her/him when', and another asks if they have any pics to post, well, that is when these types of pictures get out there. They are just fun, silly, captured moments in time. I am quite confused as to why Ball would be embarassed to have been photographed at such a costume party. Usually people are not embarassed about such photos unless they prove the person lied to another, not that they ever dressed in a silly costume for a costume party. I wonder if the embarassment has more to do with who she was with, or what she may have said to others in the interim, before these pics came to light. Ball said these pictures were taken 'after' she graduated from college, not, as many posters, such as Mary, have changed this to mean, 'In college'. After college is not in college. Ball even claims herself these pictures were taken just 6 years ago. Six years is not very long ago in my view, either. Why Ball said anything except she had a great time at the party, but its hard to see herself pictured having fun with someone so recently, whom she is now divorced from..I have no idea.

October 08 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Rick Westling

LET YE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.

October 08 2010 at 12:06 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
ibn5qpi

It is what happens NOW!!! that matters to me. Not 6 years 15 years or 2 years ago. Do you know what YOUR taxes will be in '11?? Neither do I.

October 08 2010 at 11:49 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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