In a December 28th letter, GOP State Senator Greg Ball wrote a politely scathing letter to Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, focusing on her District Director, Rob DiFrancesco. The letter begins by noting that Senator Ball first brought this to Congresswoman Hayworth’s attention close to a year ago, “and I have still not received a response.” Senator Ball is rumored to be a possible primary challenger against the Congresswoman, and this wouldn’t be the first time that he criticized her actions.
Senator Ball’s letter, which you can read below, makes big claims. It argues that the staffer in question has “seemingly admitted” to stealing everything from printer toner to email accounts. The letter highlights each example of theft with the word “stealing” in bold print while claiming there is a federal investigation involved as well.
In a web video released last week, Senator Greg Ball takes a walk on on his farm, feeding the pigs and nursing a calf by hand accompanied by rocking ’80′s style electric guitars. Senator Ball’s video is designed to promote him as a defender of family farms. “We’re losing our family farms,” Senator Ball said in the ad. “We got to stop that, we’ve got to fix it.”
Chuck Schumer’s brother-in-law, Kevin McNulty, was nominated to a federal judgeship in New Jersey in a move that left many in the Garden State political establishment scratching their heads.
Georgia police shot and killed a woman who allegedly sent a fake WMD to State Senator Greg Ball.
Museums are collecting memorabilia from the Occupy Wall Street protests.
When John Boehner held his big news conference to press President Obama to call the Senate back in session–and to announce that, in essence, the deal to extend the payroll tax cut was over–standing right beside him was Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.
This morning State Senator Greg Ball–who is, like Ms. Hayworth, a Republican–sent out a statement blasting for leaving her constituents with a lump of coal.
The release does not mention Ms. Hayworth by name, but it leaves little doubt who Mr. Ball is talking about. It is titled, “Thanks for The Coal, Congresswoman” and in a statement Mr. Ball says:
Nicole Katz, wife of Assemblyman Steve Katz, has made a video protesting being banned from State Senator Greg Ball’s Facebook page. Ms. Katz told The Politicker she was banned from Senator Ball’s page December 8 after posting a comment chastising him for criticizing Congressional Republicans. The video, entitled “Delete this, Greg Ball,” stars Ms. Katz in a scary, suburban salad drama that ends with her mouth being duct taped shut.
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Nicole Katz, wife of Assemblyman Steve Katz, said she was unfriended and blocked on Facebook by State Senator Greg Ball yesterday after writing a critical comment on one of his wall posts. The Katz’s have supported Senator Ball in the past and donated $3,000 to his senate campaign last year. “I am a constituent, he is my senator and I have a right to express my opinion on his page,” Ms. Katz told Politicker today.
Hudson Valley State Senator Greg Ball sent out a statement blasting Congresswoman Nan Hayworth for suggesting that she backs House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s view that any funds sent toward disaster relief have to be off-set with budget cuts elsewhere.
Last night, shortly before he sent out a statement announcing he would vote ‘no’ on same-sex marriage, Greg Ball explained his thinking to the Regional News Network.
In short, Ball said the bill still lacks the religious protections he’s been pressing for. “It’s not even close,” he said, though he predicted the measure would eventually come to the floor and pass.
Republican State Senator Greg Ball ended weeks of speculation, saying he will vote against the same-sex marriage bill which he had been publicly negotiating.
In a public statement, Ball said the bill “still lacks many of the basic religious protections I thought were vital.”
Republican State Senator Carl Marcellino of Long Island cautioned against reading anything into the fact that negotiations over the same-sex marriage bill have moved from the second floor with Governor Cuomo to the third floor, where the Republican conference will caucus the bill today.
“No,” said Marcellino, when asked if there was any significance to news that his conference would consider the bill. He said this is how they normally handle major pieces of legislation.
State Senator Marty Golden of Brooklyn, another Republican who opposes the bill, concurred. Golden also said he has not seen the amended language.
Earlier this morning, State Senator Greg Ball — who has suggested his vote might hinge on the strength of the religious exemptions — said he hadn’t seen the language of the bill either.