The war of words heated up today between Assemblyman Greg Ball, R-Patterson, and his supporters and the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. The committee is backing Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy in the race for the seat, which is being vacated by Sen. Vincent Leibell, R-Patterson.
One of Ball’s ex-girlfriends and a contingent of other women, including Ball’s mother, said at a news conference today that Ball is being unfairly maligned. The event was in response to a committee-sponsored mailer that detailed an alleged incident in which Ball is accused of groping an Albany waitress.
Scott Reif, a spokesman for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, confirmed that it sent out the negative campaign literature on Ball. Reif said Ball has a “pattern of sexual misconduct towards women,” and that is a legitimate campaign issue. The Senate Republican Campaign Committee released the following statement this evening:
“This is a tired rerun of what happened two years ago when news first broke that Greg Ball had been hit with an order of protection for stalking his ex-girlfriend. The facts are the facts, and Greg Ball stands accused of groping a waitress at an Albany bar, an account several eyewitnesses confirmed. Today, he trots out a woman whose mother is on the payroll of Ball political ally Steve Katz to spread lies. Those accusations are slanderous and are subject to legal liability. The residents of Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties are tired of the distractions, tired of the conspiracy theories and tired of all of the excuses. You can’t take anything Greg Ball says seriously.”
Murphy is the endorsed GOP and Conservative Party candidate for the seat. Westchester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers, is also running for election.