Political candidates and old pictures

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Note: I am not endorsing this candidate. The website is "stamped" onto the picture.

We aired a story today about a female polictical candidate (for Congress) who posed with her then-husband years ago at a holiday party doing some pretty silly things.

Krystal Ball's ex was photographed wearing a sex toy on his nose (he was Rudolph) and a collar with a chain around his neck. The leash was being held by his then-wife who was wearing a Santa hat. It looks to me like they were in their 20s when the pictures were taken.

Would I ever pose for pictures like that or go out in public with Kingsley wearing a sex toy? No. Never. However, I'm not in support of a candidate getting flack for what she did years ago. I would be if it was illegal, degrading to another race or gender or unethical.

The photos were posted on a political blogger's web site and since then, they've been all over the internet.

Here's what Ball had to say in a statement released in early October:  "I have a message for any young woman who is thinking about running for office and has ever attended a costume party with her husband or done anything stupid on camera. Run for office. Fight for this country. Don't let this sort of tactic deter you."

What do you think? Should a political candidate be held accountable for racy photos? Should they apologize publically?

Don't forget the nude photos of Senator Scott Brown in Cosmo. Some analysts say they helped his campaign.


Melissa said...

I think one of the reasons more good people don't run for office is because they are afraid of having all parts of their life exposed. In this case does this really have anything to do with her ability to hold the office? If not why should we care?

Laura said...

Today's college kids and twentysomethings are tomorrow's political candidates.

I think we'll probably run into situations like this more frequently in the future.

I wonder how big of a deal pictures like this will be, when the majority of people have unprofessional photos floating around the internet.

Denae said...

Melissa - I agree completely. Voters would run and hide if I was ever on the ballot but I'd never run for office. I think, "Um, my past is too corrupt." When in a normal reality, I've been pretty tame.

Larillos - Such a good point. Social media makes most moments of our lives public whether we post the pictures or someone else does!

Ted Stryk said...

I think Melissa hit the nail on the head. This kind of crap keeps good candidates from running.