Westchester pol cries foul at alleged smear campaign
Two weeks before the primary election in the 99th Assembly District, Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball spoke out Tuesday, claiming his main opponent is running a dirty campaign.
Ball blames his Democratic challenger John Degnan for a The Putnam County Times newspaper article, which stated that Ball violated an order of protection obtained by a former love interest.
"What we've seen is another desperate and negative attack, and a new low by my opponent," Ball says.
The controversy relates to the break up between Ball and a Washington, D.C. woman in 2003.
Ball admits he and the woman both filed for orders of protection following the end of their relationship. But the newspaper claims Ball violated the order by following the woman to Jerusalem on July 20, 2003.
Documents, however, show the orders were filed July 14, six days before the incident supposedly took place.
According to Ball, the reference to July 20 in the complaint resulted from a clerical error.
In November of 2003, both Ball and the woman asked the court to dismiss their complaints against each other, which was done without determining whether what they claimed in their complaints was true.