9/14/2010 - Greg Ball won the Republican Primary on Tuesday, with 62% of the vote. In front of Women4Ball, a group of female supporters who rallied around Ball in response to negative smear campaign tactics by his opponent, and a crowd of his closest supporters at Primavera Restaurant in Croton Falls, NY, Ball made the following statement:
BALL WINS REPUBLICAN PRIMARY
“With this compelling grassroots victory, and against all odds, the State Republican leadership must come to the table to unite against a common enemy. Taxpayers and patriots simply cannot allow this State Senate Seat to be commandeered by the New York City tax-and-spend, big government cheerleaders currently in control of dysfunctional Albany. A loss by our party in Senate 40 may be the deciding vote, permanently giving Sheldon Silver, Malcolm Smith and their New York City gang of spending and taxing elitists control of the legislature and of redistricting.
“As a fiercely independent legislator I have taken on New York’s most powerful insiders, and after tonight’s overwhelming grassroots victory, the target on my back is now bigger than ever. Tonight I extend an olive branch to the same Albany insiders who spent nearly $500,000 against me using smear tactics, mud, push polling and untraceable mailers. Let’s work together now to cap taxes, to freeze school taxes for seniors, to truly reform Albany and to finally end Albany’s addiction to spending. My hand is extended to unite against the common enemy of Tax Hike Mike, a career politician and an Andy Spano clone, who represents a clear and present danger to the taxpayers of this state and of our beleaguered district. A career politician who makes a chameleon look stable, this political rubber stamp from White Plains spearheaded Westchester’s affordable housing debacle, has voted for billions in new spending and rubber stamped every tax hike Andy Spano ever imagined.
“My closest friends and family know I personally disdain politics. I’m running to make a difference and then I will move on, and I have no intention of becoming part of the problem or part of the club. I simply hope to serve as the greatest threat Albany’s status quo has ever known. Tonight’s victory is not mine, it’s the taxpayers. Tonight the taxpayers of the Hudson Valley fired another shot in the larger war against big government, smothering taxation and dysfunctional Albany, and we will finish our battle on November 2nd. To my supporters, thank you but batten down the hatches for a firestorm because the big-spending and tax-loving insiders who control Albany will stop at nothing to maintain their power. To my detractors, please watch closely as Albany shifts hundreds of thousands of dollars from huge accounts to take this seat. My general election opponent, an attorney and career politician is their puppet, and if elected would be their voice not yours. To all voters, we may not always agree, but I hope over the next month you will come to see and appreciate my independence.”
With numbers still coming in, Ball received 8923 votes to Murphy’s 5524 in the Republican Primary.
Additionally, it appears Ball defeated Murphy for the Conservative nomination with a historic write-in victory. Write-in votes outnumbered votes for Murphy by 2-to-1.