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Greg Ball: NY State Assemblyman Once Accused Of Taking Money From Charity, Now Accused Of Sexually Fondling Married Woman

Greg Ball

My readers may remember Greg Ball, the NY State Assemblyman who worked with Tareq and Michaele Salahi to plan The Courage Cup in 2004 and 2005 before Ball asked me and some others to take over.  Here is a link to how I came to know Greg Ball and the details behind what he did with the charity. You may also recall that the Washington Post showed that Ball took funds from the charity event to fund his 2005 campaign. The money went to the PAC Citizens United for Ethical Growth (CEUG), and then on to his campaign fund. The post contacted people who gave money to CUEG and they were all surprised that their name was listed as having contributed to the PAC. They all shared one thing in common — they had all attended the 2005 Courage Cup event in Poolesville, Maryland. If a politician starts his career in this manner, where do you think it will end up when he has more power?

Well, today’s New York Daily News is reporting that Ball has been accused of fondling a married waitress at her husband’s own bar!!

According to the NY Daily News:

“This gentleman proceeded to put his hands on me in a sexual manner,” the waitress wrote in the internal incident report filed with the bar.

“He grabbed my pants, my shirt, the towel hanging from my waist, and my back,” she wrote.

The waitress, whose husband is a co-owner of the saloon, wrote that she pushed Ball’s hand away and “tried to step back.”

She then asked a bartender on duty that night to take over the table “because the gentleman in question made me feel very uncomfortable.”

The waitress couldn’t be reached for comment, but a witness confirmed the account.

“I could not believe my eyes,” the source said. “I watched him reach out and extend his hand to her crotch.”

And I think my readers know what became of  Tareq and Michaele Salahi. After the Salahis and Assemblyman Ball lost their effort to take back control of The Courage Cup from me in 2007, they started America’s Cup of Polo. The Oasis Winery owned by Tareq’s parents had been driven into the ground and the Salahis needed some cash. Stay tuned!
- Miss A

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=953015

P.S. For all those coming to this post from http://www.whospackingny.com, this is not a gossip blog. I share only my personal story. No, I never dated Greg Ball. No I’m not a Liberal trying to hurt the Republican cause. I am a Republican, a conservative, enjoy shooting guns, and am a supporter of the NRA and both the 1st and 2nd Amendment. I also support the Tea Partiers. I am also a bit moderate, as I support gay marriage, and am pro-choice. I believe in a hand up — not a hand out.

Telling my story about Greg Ball has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with a belief that a politician who begins his career in his twenties by funding a campaign with money from a charity will become even more corrupt as he gains more power.

Amy Argetsinger did an incredible job with her investigative story in The Washington Post on Greg Ball, but the Albany media never did their due diligence and has done New Yorkers a great disservice. I urge you to do some investigating as you have a shady man in your Assembly. Believe me, I’m ashamed to have Greg Ball as a Republican. He gives us a bad name.

I’ve gone to many of the forums which have been sending traffic to AskMissA.com, and have read your concerns over the http://www.whospackingny.com site. The primary concern seems to come from those worried that criminals will find out where you live, and break into your home to steal your gun collection. Under this premise, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, NFL players and other celebrities whose income is public information would be at risk to having thieves break in to steal their trappings of wealth. I think there are easier options for criminals to get weapons than breaking into the homes of former law enforcement officers, and others who are packing heat. If anything, this list shows criminals who not to mess with. I don’t see CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies or the Forbes 400 shaking in their boots because their income or wealth is public record. Relax. You’ve guns in your home to protect you, and you know how to use them.

I don’t see why this is such a huge deal — the information is out there already. This is where the future is headed, as technology is just making it easier to access information of all types — gun registration included. It’s called the Information Age for a reason!

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