Ball launches anti-Wittman website and videoPolitics

Krystal Ball, Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 1st District, now represented by Rep. Rob Wittman (R), has recently launched a website called “On the Road with Rob” and the embedded video.

The site is critical of Wittman’s responsiveness to constituents, some of his policies, and features the video of Ball toting a cardboard cutout of the congressman around the district.

“After numerous complaints that your Congressman refuses to answer your emails, answer your calls or show up to explain his votes, we decided to bring Rob on the road so people across the 1st District of Virginia would finally have a chance to share their concerns with their Representative,” writes Danny Barefoot, Ball’s campaign manager in a campaign fundraising.

But that doesn’t sit too well with Casey Werderman, Wittman’s campaign spokesman.

“For any of you that know Rob, the one comment that I hear most is, “you need to tell Rob to get some rest, I see him everywhere!” As cute as our opponent may think she is with a life size cut out of Rob, I think the vast majority believe that now is not a time to be playing games!

“Our opponent knows the First District does not agree with her positions in support of the public option, increased spending, taking away your second amendment rights and family values, and her only option is to not talk about them. There is way too much at stake in our nation and for our future to be joking around and playing political games.”

In an interview with Bearing Drift for our June e-Zine, Ball said:

“Politics should not be about telling people what they want to hear. It shouldn’t be about focus-group tested and poll-number based “convictions.” Our future, our children’s future, is too important. I told people what I’m going to keep telling people, which is that you have to run based on the strength of your ideas, based on your passion for what makes a difference. I told them that authenticity is the most important quality.”

But this latest campaign tactic doesn’t appear to be based on Ball’s own strength of ideas, but merely an attack on Wittman. Barefoot doesn’t see it that way.

“We are running a campaign based on the strength of our ideas. We have an extremely detailed issues section on our website that takes a stand on some pretty bold things (such as our pledge to not accept National Democratic Leadership money). Krystal talks to just about anyone who will listen….

“Part of this campaign will be about contrasting Krystal’s record of independence, reform and entrepreneurship with Congressman Wittman’s failed record in Washington. We constantly hear complaints that Congressman Wittman is not available to his constituents. We stopped by his district office in Tappahannock everyday for a week and there was never anyone there. This office is paid for by taxpayers and for it to be unmanned is unacceptable.”

Why the office was unmanned is not known at this time, but Wittman does frequently travel due to his duties as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. The Congressman recently returned from a visit to Afghanistan.

The bottom-line is the Wittman campaign clearly sees the website and a recent mailing as negative campaigning in July and isn’t about to idly stand by while the Ball campaign gets in their shots.

“Never in any of the campaigns that I have worked with Rob on have we gone negative. We have always talked about the issues and what is most important to the people of the First District. I have been involved in campaigns throughout the state, and never have I seen a campaign stoop so low as our opponent has. It is disrespectful and an insult to the people of the First District,” said Werderman.

This could get interesting…or at least become entertaining.

  • Shelby Turner

    From what I am hearing, Ball’s people stopped by Wittman’s office on July 5th – the federal day off for the July 4th holiday.

    They must have forgot to point that out.

    They are bush league.

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  • GeneK

    He has never responded to an email or call to his local office from me. He has included me on his conference calls but he is strictly in a transmit mode. Both Bateman and Davis were far more responsive. This is a valid issue.

  • Michael McCafferty

    I’m dissapointed in Rob Wittman. When he came in front of the Tea Party during the primary, he promised to be straight and honest. Krystal Ball supports the government take over of health care, that’s a reason not to vote for her, but at least she said it, clearly and honestly and has kept saying it. Wittman says Krystal wants to take away our 2nd Amendment rights, despite the fact that Krystal is a lifetime member of the NRA and 2nd Amendment advocate. He’s just another liar who will say whatever he can to keep his job. Those of us who care passionately about gun rights aren’t stupid. We know how to use google and we won’t be manipulated.

  • goper

    its easy not to take National Democratic Leadership money because they wont give her any. Even if they would, why wouldn’t she? is she trying to avoid being labeled as a Democrat?

    Just checked out her issues section and two lines for an issue doesn’t look “very extensive” to me. Ball needs to talk about the issues and stop with the attacking.

    Just like her effectiveness attack mailer, she is just helping Wittman out! Wittman is the hardest working, most responsive Congressman in the state.

  • goper

    Michael,
    might want to check your facts. ask her how she feels about you carrying in a restaurant, your new right, she wants to take it away.

    agree with the law or not, I wouldnt say that is someone that is going to win the support of the NRA… see the video, she doesnt even get what the laws says! You still cant drink and carry!

  • Govgirl

    I cannot speak to other people’s experience, but gauging based on my own (and my contact is FREQUENT) I have never felt that the Congressman is out of touch or unresponsive compared to previous members. Quite the opposite, having attempted to deal with Davis several times in the first two years I lived here, I never felt like I got a good or sufficient response from her, however I receive responses from Wittman’s office even when none is required. The Congressman also Tweets and Facebooks, as well as puts out a weekly update of what has been going on in DC. In addition to this he holds periodic tele-townhall meetings which people CAN call into or send in questions to be answered. Also he can be found in the district almost every weekend attending plethora of events and functions and I have never once witnessed him ignore an individual or their question (and I have been at LOTS of these as well). What one must remember is that Mr. Wittman actually has a job to do, and one he takes very seriously (trust me, try scheduling him for an event or appearence) when he is suppose to be in DC working, he is in DC working, doing what we elected him to do. I have never met a member of Congress (or any other elected office for that matter) more active or in touch with his constituents than this man is – so Ms. Ball needs to get back to those issues she says she is so keen to run on.

  • Michael McCafferty

    Goper, I watched the video…waiting for Ball to take away my gun. Instead, she makes a very generic comment that guns in bars is not a good idea because guns and drinking is a bad combination and doesn’t talk about any specific legislation. You’re just some party hack. I just want a straight answer from people. If you watch the rest of that video…wow…she actually answers questions. Have you ever watched Rob Wittman on video? He’s like paint drying. Now, personally, I don’t think that there should be any restrictions at all on gun ownership by sane, non-felons, but what she says seems reasonable enough as long as she’s only talking about drinking while carrying a firearm. What is wrong with you? If you actually are a “GOPer” (I prefer the Tea Party, less sell outs) why aren’t you talking about health care? Confused messaging, all over the place attacks, what a mess! No wonder Americans feel both parties are sell-outs and liars.

  • Brian Kirwin

    The first thing I read on Krystal Ball’s website was her proposal to gut Social Security funding by 50%

  • goper

    Haha Michael. Take a look at what the question was and then how she responded… The question was guns in restaurants! and she responded with guns in bars are a bad idea and guns and beer dont mix… was that the answer you were looking for??? considering it wasnt even the question or the legislation that passed in VA this year!

    and Id be happy to talk about health care, shes for not just the take over, but would have prefered the public option to be included.

  • steve vaughan

    Krystal Ball is the classic example of a candidate who is taken about ten times as seriously on the Internet than she is in real life.
    Wittman 67 Ball 33.

  • http://bearingdrift.com J.R. Hoeft

    What, Steve, no Virginia Gazette story on her yet?

  • Chipper J

    GeneK, I don’t know what your issue is, I have never had any problem getting in touch with Wittman or any of his staff. I also know that there are over 500,000 people in the district, so if they aren’t able to respond to me immediately, I understand.

    Michael, I am thinking you are a Crabill Tea Partier, the kind that believes we need to try, convict, and execute half the members of Congress just because they don’t vote they way you want them to. That being said, you would find anything against Wittman, since he had the decent sense not to endorse her for the Virginia General Assembly (Thank God!)

    Krystal’s website is probably the most childish stunt I have ever seen a candidate do in a campaign. It’s one thing to have a overzealous supporter pull a stunt like riding around with a cardboard cutout of Congressman and have them pose on the street in front of a district office, but it’s another to actually have the candidate star in the video herself. We are living in serious times and cutesy Krystal is playing Mickey Mouse f**k f**k games. We don’t need another child in Congress, there are already plenty of them there.

  • Govgirl

    Just in case anyone is interested – the “absentee congressman” is currently holding a tele-townhall

  • steve vaughan

    J.R.: She got a profile. Profile noted she had little chance to win. We ran a picture when she opened her office in town. Frankly, the tourism numbers in town are a lot more important than anything she’s up to. Because a Democrat simply can not win the 1st Congressional District as currently drawn. Despite what Lowell, who I think is working on her campaign, would have you, and her, believe.

  • http://craigkilby.com Craig Kilby

    Boy, how ridiculous is this woman? I have never had anything but stellar, rapid, turn-around service from Rob and his staff–either at his district office or in D.C. I don’t need to contact him or his office very often (that’s a good thing) but when I do, there has never been any problem. One example was the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library needing a letter of support for a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. I had no sooner hung up the phone than the fax came in. The hard copy was in the mail the next day.

    Rob is one of the hardest working members of Congress I have ever known. And I’ve known a lot of them. Still do, in fact. The 1st district is very fortunate to him as our Representative.

    The juvenile antics of Catherine “Kill The Bastards” Crabill and Cutesy Krystal are an irritant to our political bowls we really don’t deserve.

    I agree with the prediction: Wittman 66, Cutesy 33.

  • http://craigkilby.com Craig Kilby

    New signs in Lancaster County: The old Rob Wittman signs in Lancaster County have been replaced with new ones that say “SAVE AMERICA’S SMALL BUSINESS: VOTE REPUBLICAN”

    I haven’t seen these signs anywhere but in Lancaster. Anyone seen these?

  • http://craigkilby.com Craig Kilby

    Krystal Ball’s latest mailing. Now she is accusing Rob Witmann of voting to gut funding for veterans returning from overseas. I screams “Congressman Wittman Has Cut and Run on Our Veterans.”

    It cites numerous House Resolutions and Committee bills as proof, but I have not looked them up. Not sure I am inclined to waste time on it either.

    Anyone else get this mailing?