Gov. Eliot Spitzer called Assemblyman Greg Ball today to chew over the <a href=”http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070209/NEWS01/702090392/1026/NEWS10″ target=”_blank”>remarks</a> Ball made Wednesday afternoon during the comptroller vote. A spokeswoman for Spitzer said the governor did indeed give Ball a ring.
Ball, R-Carmel, stood up and told his colleagues they were Ã¢â‚¬Å“the most dysfunctional Legislature in the United States of America.Ã¢â‚¬? The freshman lawmaker was scolding them for voting for Thomas DiNapoli to be state comptroller. Spitzer wanted the Legislature to select from among three candidates recommended by a bipartisan panel. Ball did, going with New York City Finance Commissioner Martha Stark. A link to a video clip can be found in this <a href=”http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2007/02/08/ball-the-movie-or-at-least-a-clip/” target=”_blank”>post</a>.
In doing so, he also told the legislators gathered for the joint session that they had violated the public’s trust. His two minutes or so earned him boos, catcalls and shouts to resign.
Spitzer, Ball said, spent about five minutes on the phone with him. Ball said the governor jokingly questioned his presence in the chamber, wondering if he was old enough to be there and maybe he shouldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been in high school. Ball is 29.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I just told him he has my full support,Ã¢â‚¬? Ball said.