What is it about New York politicians that makes them desperate to show us
their underwear? Sunday, New York State Senator Greg Ball tweeted a pants-less pic
of himself. Here's the tweet and the photo:
Greg Ball has a long history of questionable behavior. Back in 2003 his
ex-girlfriend, CNN producer Linda Fern Roth, requested a restraining order
She claimed at the time that Ball had "threatened to destroy her career and
reputation." A temporary order was issued but then the matter was dropped.
In 2007, Ball was involved in a charity fundraiser which, according to the
, raised more money for a PAC Ball controlled than it did for charity
The Reliable Source found that a New York political action
committee started by Ball -- which later transferred its entire treasury to
his campaign -- netted as much as $10,000 by selling tickets to the 2005
Courage Cup. That's four times the amount the polo match raised that year
for its prominently advertised beneficiary, Work to Ride, a Philadelphia
charity that teaches poor kids to play polo.
Then there was the goat incident. During a tight race in which Ball
repeatedly suggested the Latino gang MS-13 was a threat (this is Hudson
Valley, NY), Ball suddenly discovered a dead goat on his property with a scrawled message
Assemblyman Gregory Ball, who is known for promoting animal
rights legislation, said he found the black-and-white goat in front of his
Patterson, New York, property on Thursday.
A threatening note written in broken Spanish had been tied around the goat's
neck and was signed by Mara Salvatrucha 13, a Central American gang also
known as MS-13.
The goat-killer was never identified. In case you're wondering, Greg Ball is