They spent campaign cash trying to defeat him in the primary, but Senate Republicans are now ready to welcome Assemblyman Greg Ball into their conference after his easy victory in the GOP and Conservative primaries Tuesday.
Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, said yesterday he spoke to Ball yesterday morning and they are on the same page.
“He’s the winner,” Libous said. “He’s a Republican. We’re going to support him very strongly and he’s going to be part of our conference in November.”
Libous said he and Ball had a good conversation, and “he believes that he as a core and a base of support that understands the state spends and taxes too much, and he’ll fit right in line fiscally where we stand on a lot of things.”
Ball cruised to the GOP nomination, beating Somers Mary Beth Murphy 62 percent to 38 percent. And he also appears to have won a write-in against Murphy on the Conservative Party line.
Democratic Westchester Legislator Michael Kaplowitz is facing Ball in the general election.
Updated: Ball said today that, “I think it’s obvious that I’m an outsider, but at the same time it’s well past due to unite against the common enemy, which is New York City control of the New York state Legislature, who are not allowing a property-tax cap, a freeze on school taxes for seniors or any number of reforms.”
Kaplowitz responded to Senate Republicans’ support of Ball, by saying in a statement that, “Throughout his primary campaign and on election night, Assemblyman Ball painted himself as an outsider, telling the voters that he’d be a nightmare to the leaders of the Albany establishment. It took less than 48 hours for Assemblyman Ball to change his mind and go back on his word to voters once again.”
He said that just a few months ago, Libous was knocking Ball.
“I agree with the old Sen. Libous – the one who said Assemblyman Ball is too erratic and the one who worked feverishly to end the nightmare by dumping over $150,000 into the campaign coffers of his primary opponent,” Kaplowitz said.