|Ball in 2009|
|Born||Krystal Marie Ball
November 24, 1981
King George County, Virginia
|Children||Ella Marie, Lowell Maxwell|
|Residence||New York, New York|
|Alma mater||Clemson University,
University of Virginia
|Occupation||Small business owner, accountant, political commentator|
Krystal Marie Ball (born November 24, 1981) is a businesswoman, certified public accountant, and a co-host on the MSNBC show The Cycle. She was the Democratic Party nominee for United States Congress in Virginia's 1st congressional district in the 2010 election, losing to Republican Rob Wittman.
Personal life, education and career
Ball was born to Edward and Rose Marie Ball, a physicist and a teacher, respectively. The name Krystal came from her father, a physicist who did his dissertation on crystals.
Ball graduated from King George High School and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia. She also attended Clemson University for a year where she participated on the swim team. She is a business owner and certified public accountant. Ball previously worked for the federal contractor CGI Group and traveled to Louisiana to assist in the courts' efforts to recover after Hurricane Katrina.
Ball is currently married to Jonathan Dariyanani, and they have a daughter named Ella Marie, born in 2008, and a son Lowell Maxwell born in 2013.
2010 U.S. Congressional campaign
In 2010 Ball ran to represent Virginia's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and was defeated by Republican incumbent Rob Wittman. Despite being defeated by a margin of 63.90% to 34.76%, the former candidate was named by Forbes Magazine as number 21 on the magazine’s "The Top 25 Most Powerful Women Of The Midterm Elections".
- Education reform, including charter schools, using technology, alternative certification of teachers, and paying teachers six figure salaries.
- The 2nd Amendment as ensuring individual gun rights (she is an NRA member). Ball has stated that she is "uneasy" about guns in national parks.
- Supports a lifetime ban on lobbying by former members of Congress, banning lobbyist gifts, increasing disclosure, and establishing a new Independent Ethics Commission to investigate and audit influence by special interests.
Of Ball's funding, 72 percent was from out of state donors.
Ball has made multiple appearances as a political commentator and Democratic strategist on television news channels, including Fox News Channel, CNN, CNBC, and is a contributor under contract for MSNBC. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
On June 25, 2012, Ball became one of four co-hosts on a new MSNBC show, The Cycle, with Touré, Ari Melber, and S.E. Cupp. It replaced the Dylan Ratigan show where she was a regular guest on a panel of political pundits.
In a video posted on MSNBC's website on April 5, 2013, Ball is shown asking her young daughter if she would "marry a girl" when she grows up.
On July 17, 2014, Ball spoke live on the air on MSNBC with a prank caller pretending to be Staff Sergeant Michael Boyd who witnessed the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. The caller first stated, "well I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky and it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern's ass" (on July 21st, Stern revealed on his radio show that the true identity of the caller was Thomas Cipriano, AKA "Captain Janks"). Ball seemed to be oblivious to the statement and simply asked the caller if he could provide information on what type of missile system was involved based on his "military training." The caller then replied, "Boy, you're a dumbass, aren't you?"
In October 2010, while in the final stages of her Congressional campaign, Ball received national attention when photos taken six years earlier emerged showing her at a holiday party dressed as a "naughty Santa" sucking a red dildo attached to her then-husband's nose and leading him around on a leash. The event quickly became a launching point for Ball, resulting in her being called upon by various news organizations for her inputs on the challenges faced by women in today's society and political environment.
Rush Limbaugh Show Boycott
In 2012, Ball launched a website calling for a boycott of advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh Show after Limbaugh's comments about Sandra Fluke. The boycott attempted to get almost 100 advertisers to drop the show but eventually the boycott died out.
- "Player Bio: Krystal Ball – Clemson University Official Athletic Site". Clemsontigers.cstv.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- Weiner, Rachel (7 October 2010). "Krystal Ball: Bloggers who posted my photos are 'sexist and wrong'". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
- Cook, Phyllis (May 27, 2009). "Krystal Ball is running for Congress". The Journal. Retrieved Jan 9, 2014.
- "Candidate Biography and Q&A: Krystal M. Ball". articles.dailypress.com. Daily Press. October 10, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
- Chelyen Davis (June 28, 2009). "Krystal Ball gets started early in bid for Rob Wittman's seat". The Free Lance–Star.
- November 2, 2010 General and Special Elections Unofficial Results November 2, 2010
- “Most Powerful Women in the Mid Term Elections”
- Krystal Ball – the Future of The Hill's Most Beautiful, Matthew Stabley, NBC Washington, May 14, 2009
- Issues Krystal Ball for Congress[dead link]
- "Congressional Elections: Virginia District 01 Race: 2010 Cycle". OpenSecrets. April 25, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
- Pershing, Ben (September 11, 2011). "Krystal Ball: From scandal star to professional pundit". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- "Super Tuesday Gives No Definite Result". CNBC. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "Krystal Ball". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- Stelter, Brian (June 21, 2012). "New MSNBC Show Will Feature a Panel of Political Pundits". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
- "MSNBC Host Asks Her Daughter If She Would 'Marry A Girl' When She Grows Up". Mediaite. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Taibi, Catherine (July 17, 2014). "MSNBC Gets Pranked By Howard Stern Fan During Malaysian Crash Coverage". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- Amira, Dan. "At Least One Candidate for Congress Has Fellated a Reindeer Dildo Nose – Daily Intel". Nymag.com. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
- Palmeri, Christopher (March 6, 2012). "Limbaugh Radio Show Faces Backlash from Social Media as Advertisers Flee". BusinessWeek. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Yakas, Ben (March 4, 2012). "Politicians, Advertisers Unimpressed With Rush Limbaugh's Apology". Gothamist. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "98 Major Advertisers Dump Rush Limbaugh, Other Right-Wing Hosts".
- Siegel, Robert (8 March 2012). "As Advertisers Flee, Is Limbaugh Losing That Much?". All Things Considered (audio and transcript). NPR. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- Official website
- The Cycle on MSNBC
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
- Collected columns at The Atlantic