Krystal Ball takes advantage of photo flap

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Pictured with a sex toy, and leading her ex-husband around on a leash, first district, congressional candidate Krystal Ball has gone from a little-known politician, to a national media star.

Last Tuesday, she gave NBC12 her first interview about the photos. That interview has received more than 130,000 views on YouTube. In addition Ball has now appeared on all three national cable news outlets.

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One week ago, photos posted on a political web site made candidate Krystal Ball shutter.

"This is not certainly the way I would hoped to be portrayed," Ball said.

Flash forward to this week, Ball has become a poster child for female candidates and embraced by the national media.

"I'm sure you're an inspiration for a lot of young girls in terms of your ambition," Fox News Channel's Megan Kelly told the candidate during an interview Tuesday morning.

Ball has done a series of largely positive national interviews, where she has criticized the posting of the photos and claimed that she is a victim of sexism.

She told MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan that,

"Woman have been de-legitimized and degenerated, by being portrayed as whores," she went on to say, "and I can't believe I am on your showing saying that word."

'Whore" is a word that ball used to describe her treatment in a strongly written Huffington Post article.

Her swift reaction, and her ability to capitalize on the incident drew the praise of the Washington Post political editor Chris Cillizza who analyzed her response his video blog "The Fast Fix"

"Ball is still a big underdog, but her response is the right one," Clillizza said.

And the scorn of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

"She thinks.. She's the first person it's happened to," Limbaugh said during his radio show Tuesday. "Well, it proves another theory of mine that people's historical perspective begins with the day they've been born."

A media roller coaster that at this point does not appear to be slowing down.

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