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Greg Ball appeals to donors after on-air skirmish with CNN's Piers Morgan
Not one to let an opportunity pass, state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) is trying to parlay an on-air skirmish with CNN's Piers Morgan into some campaign dollars.
On Tuesday, the Republican lawmaker, known for his conservative views, sent an email blast to supporters patting himself on the back for putting "Piers in his place" and banging on his tin cup for contributions.
"Just like I stood up to Piers, I will continue to stand up for our American way," Ball wrote. "We cannot allow the thinking of ivory tower elitist (sic) like Piers Morgan to dictate how we secure our country. Please view my interview and donate immediately to help me continue my flight."
During Monday's interview, Morgan demanded that Ball "stop being a jerk," and tweeted that the lawmaker was a "weird man" who "called me 'dude,' mocked my accent, and challenged me to an arm wrestle."
The spat occurred when Morgan tried to press Ball on his Friday tweet that said torture would be appropriate for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing: "So, scum bag #2 in custody. Who wouldn't use torture on this punk to save more lives?"
So, scum bag #2 in custody. Who wouldn't use torture on this punk to save more lives?— Greg Ball (@ball4ny) April 20, 2013
Ball tweeted: "Handed @piersmorgan his butt last night. Reportedly he said I walked off. He knew I had @seanhannity 9:40 p.m. Sore loser. Rematch annnnytime!" In another tweet, Ball wrote: "Piers the Snake: Appearance schedule lost in translation at CNN."
Ball reminds his supporters that he will be hosting a $100 a plate fundraiser on May 1 at Primavera restaurant in Croton Falls. And from his most recent campaign filings with the state Board of Elections, Ball needs the money. As of January, he only had $2,179 in his campaign account.