Krystal Ball

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Krystal Ball
Krystal Ball (D), candidate for US House in VA-01.jpg
Ball in 2009
Personal details
Born Krystal Marie Ball
(1981-11-24) November 24, 1981 (age 35)
King George County, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jonathan Dariyanani
Children Ella Marie, Lowell Maxwell
Residence New York City
Alma mater Clemson University,
University of Virginia
Occupation Small business owner, accountant, political commentator

Krystal Marie Ball (born November 24, 1981)[1] is an American businesswoman and certified public accountant. She was a co-host on the MSNBC's afternoon news/talk show The Cycle for the duration of the show's run from June 2012 to July 2015. She was also the Democratic Party nominee for United States Congress in Virginia's 1st congressional district in the 2010 election, losing to Republican Rob Wittman.

Life and career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] She is a business owner and certified public accountant.[4] Ball previously worked for the federal contractor CGI Group[5] and traveled to Louisiana to assist in the courts' efforts to recover after Hurricane Katrina.

Ball is married to Jonathan Dariyanani, and they have a daughter named Ella Marie, born in 2008, and a son Lowell Maxwell born in 2013.[5]

In 2012, Ball launched a website calling for a boycott of advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh Show after Limbaugh's comments about Sandra Fluke.[6][7] The boycott attempted to get almost 100 advertisers to drop the show but eventually the boycott died out.[8][9]

2010 U.S. Congressional campaign[edit]

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%,[10] 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".[11]

Political positions[edit]

Ball supported:

  • Education reform, including charter schools, using technology, alternative certification of teachers, and paying teachers six figure salaries.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • 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.[13]

Of Ball's funding, 72 percent was from out of state donors.[14]


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 husband's nose and leading him around on a leash.[15] 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.

Political commentator[edit]

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.[16][17] She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.[18]

On June 25, 2012, Ball became one of four co-hosts on a new MSNBC show, The Cycle, with Touré, Steve Kornacki, and S.E. Cupp. It replaced the Dylan Ratigan show in 2012, where Ball had been a regular guest on a panel of political pundits.[19] It was announced during the July 31, 2015 taping that The Cycle has been cancelled, as NBC revamped its weekday afternoon programming.


  1. ^ "Player Bio: Krystal Ball – Clemson University Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on October 17, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Weiner, Rachel (October 7, 2010). "Krystal Ball: Bloggers who posted my photos are 'sexist and wrong'". Washington Post. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Cook, Phyllis (May 27, 2009). "Krystal Ball is running for Congress". The Journal. Retrieved Jan 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Candidate Biography and Q&A: Krystal M. Ball". Daily Press. October 10, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Chelyen Davis (June 28, 2009). "Krystal Ball gets started early in bid for Rob Wittman's seat". The Free Lance–Star. 
  6. ^ Palmeri, Christopher (March 6, 2012). "Limbaugh Radio Show Faces Backlash from Social Media as Advertisers Flee". BusinessWeek. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Yakas, Ben (March 4, 2012). "Politicians, Advertisers Unimpressed With Rush Limbaugh's Apology". Gothamist. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "98 Major Advertisers Dump Rush Limbaugh, Other Right-Wing Hosts". 
  9. ^ Siegel, Robert (March 8, 2012). "As Advertisers Flee, Is Limbaugh Losing That Much?". All Things Considered (audio and transcript). NPR. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ November 2, 2010 General and Special Elections Unofficial Results Archived November 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. November 2, 2010
  11. ^ [1]“Most Powerful Women in the Mid Term Elections”
  12. ^ Krystal Ball – the Future of The Hill's Most Beautiful, Matthew Stabley, NBC Washington, May 14, 2009
  13. ^ a b Issues Krystal Ball for Congress Archived August 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Congressional Elections: Virginia District 01 Race: 2010 Cycle". OpenSecrets. April 25, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  15. ^ Amira, Dan. "At Least One Candidate for Congress Has Fellated a Reindeer Dildo Nose – Daily Intel". Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ Pershing, Ben (September 11, 2011). "Krystal Ball: From scandal star to professional pundit". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Super Tuesday Gives No Definite Result". CNBC. March 7, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Krystal Ball". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  19. ^ Stelter, Brian (June 21, 2012). "New MSNBC Show Will Feature a Panel of Political Pundits". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 

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