Senator Greg Ball Cuts Off Former Friend After Facebook Flap

 Senator Greg Ball Cuts Off Former Friend After Facebook Flap

Senator Greg Ball (Photo: NYS Senate)

Nicole Katz, wife of Assemblyman Steve Katz, said she was unfriended and blocked on Facebook by State Senator Greg Ball yesterday after writing a critical comment on one of his wall posts. The Katz’s have supported Senator Ball in the past and donated $3,000 to his senate campaign last year. “I am a constituent, he is my senator and I have a right to express my opinion on his page,” Ms. Katz told Politicker today. 

Ms. Katz said the Facebook fracas began after she commented on a post where Senator Ball announced he would be making a statement about Governor Cuomo’s tax plan.

“Thank G-d there’s grid lock in DC. If not for the new Republicans in the House, Obama would get evrything [sic] he wants through,” Ms. Katz wrote.

Ms. Katz said she says her response was provoked by earlier updates from the senator criticizing Congressional Republicans.

“Recently he’s been making many references to the Republicans in Congress for not being able to reach across the aisle,” said Ms. Katz.

Senator Ball, who represents the 40th District in Westchester County, posted a response to Ms. Katz. “Just saying ‘no’ because someone tells you to do so, is never a good policy (left or right),” he wrote.

“The next thing I know, I’m unfriended and blocked,” Ms. Katz said.

Senator Ball is a Republican, but Ms. Katz said he’s made a few recent Facebook updates that conflict with conservative principles.

“The only thing other thing he could have banned me for is that I disagreed with his aggressive anti-fracking campaign, but I’ve never been rude,” Ms. Katz said.

Ms. Katz told us she hasn’t discussed the situation with the senator.

“I’ve been blocked from his page so I can’t send him a message,” said Ms. Katz.

She did, however, tell her husband, Assemblyman Katz, about the incident.

“He was surprised that the senator would ban me from his page, especially over something so minor,” Ms. Katz said.

Ms. Katz expects she will run into Senator Ball sometime soon and plans to confront him about the unfriending.

“I would ask him for an explanation and I would say that it’s rather important as an elected official that he ecncourage free speech,” said Ms. Katz. “Facebook is a forum for free ideas.”

As of this writing, neither Senator Ball or Assemblyman Katz have responded to a request for comment on this story.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    The fact that this is considered newsworthy is sad, IMHO. Ms. Katz must be so desperate for attention that she spread this news to the media. Is avenging the unfriending such an important thing in her life she chose to waste your time on this?

  2. Sue says:

    Why is this news? Ms. Katz needs to find something else to talk about.

  3. DMR says:

    Greg Ball is alienating the Tea Party and other conservatives. Attacking Hayworth for her efforts to balance the federal budget was the tip of the ice berg. Ball is voting more like a populist progressive Democrat than a conservative Republican and people are noticing. If he every ran against Hayworth he would have zero support from the Tea Party or any conservatives.

  4. Constituent says:

    This is news because it demonstrates on a personal level the attitudes that our Senator has taken in order to maintain a “clean and agreeable” online page. On a personal level, the Senator would risk severing ties from those who have shown a great deal of support just so that he can “represent” a very one-sided image.
    The idea that our politicians are trying to remove the voices of their constituents is a newsworthy problem.

  5. Cweathers says:

    Wah! Stop whining…it’s Facebook…just a continuation of high school. Of course people will treat you badly. 

  6. Cweathers says:

    Wah! Stop whining…it’s Facebook…just a continuation of high school. Of course people will treat you badly. 

  7. Cweathers says:

    Wah! Stop whining…it’s Facebook…just a continuation of high school. Of course people will treat you badly. 

  8. Cweathers says:

    Wah! Stop whining…it’s Facebook…just a continuation of high school. Of course people will treat you badly. 

  9. somethings fishy says:

    Wait just a minute here…. I think you are not seeing the forest through the trees here. The real issue at hand is not the silly facebook friend unfriend stuff. But the important issue is what starting this whole thing. It seems that what pissed Katz off in the first place was this guys attacking republicans in Congress. Now why the heck is he doing that? Isn’t this guy a republican? And what is it the republicans in Congress are doing that Ball would go after them for? What’s up with that? He talks about grid lock in DC. Isn’t that what voters elected them to do in a groundswell? Put the breaks on the out of control spending in DC?

  10. ArtReilly says:

    i agree with something fishy. ball was attacking republicans in the house of reps. for stopping the socialist obama administration dead in its tracks. ball calls that gridlock and he says its a bad thing. most of us call that progress and are thankful to have republicans with backbone in the house who are willing to stand up to obama and the socialist democrat agenda. maybe ball is ready to embrace the democrat socialist agenda but i’m not, house republicans aren’t, and every conservative i speak with isn’t. doesn’t ball see how he is losing all of his support?

  11. Time to Out Greg says:

    Everyone knows what a thin-skinned joke Greg is. 

  12. Time to Out Greg says:

    Everyone knows what a thin-skinned joke Greg is.