"It's sexist and it's wrong, regardless of political party. And 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," Mrs. Ball says.
Nine compromising photos of the candidate wearing a red velvet Santa hat and black lace camisole while cavorting with an ex-husband at a Christmas party six years ago have gone viral - part of a "smear campaign" against her by a blogger "with close ties to my opponent's campaign and the local Republican Party," Mrs. Ball says.