California Governor Gavin Newsom

Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom’s longtime friend and political adviser was arrested and placed in jail for allegedly trying to suffocate a 4-year-old with a pillow and shoving a woman into glass doors, according to Politico.

The well-known Democratic political strategist, Nathan Ballard, 51, was booked on October 18 for two felony charges of domestic violence and willful cruelty to a child with possible injury and death, according to Napa County Sheriff’s Office documents.

KGO-TV reported that Napa County authorities filed these charges on Thursday.

When Gavin Newsom was the mayor of San Francisco, Ballard served as his spokesperson. He was also a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, the California Democratic Party, the Getty family, the Golden State Warriors, the Super Bowl, and for the presidential campaigns of former Senator John Kerry and General Wesley Clark. Ballard is also a former San Francisco deputy city attorney.

Ballard also sat on the board of The Representation Project, a nonprofit founded by Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, to advance women’s rights, until the day of the alleged incident, October 19.

“I’ve spent my career in crisis communications fighting on behalf of the wrongfully accused, and now for the first time I really know what it feels like to be in their shoes,” Ballard told the outlet in a text message. “I will be exonerated. I love my children more than anything on earth, and we will be reunited.”

Ballard’s bail, which he paid, was set at $75,000. He was released later on October 20.

Ballard’s attorney, Anthony Brass, said that he’s “confident” that his client “will be fully acquitted of these charges after the District Attorney’s Office has a chance to review the facts and learn all sides of the story. Nate is a well-respected professional and a member of the bar with a spotless ethical record. He has no criminal history.”

Brass told KGO that “after nearly eight years of continuous sobriety, Nate resumed drinking in April, after his father died. He is now clean and sober again, and he is currently in a residential recovery program to deal with his drinking problem in a responsible, comprehensive manner. He is a good father, he has his children’s best interests at heart, and he wants to resolve this matter privately, quickly, and fairly for their sake.”

Brass also said that Ballard’s former wife “would testify under oath that he has never been violent toward her, their minor son, nor their minor daughter” — but hours later Brass said he had to retract that statement.

Spokespeople for Gavin Newsom have not responded to questions about Ballard’s arrest.

Politico also said Ballard — a father of four young children — was profiled in a November 2019 story in Better magazine as one of “the Bay Area’s most successful dads” and that he called his home in Kentfield “a special place for my wife Mara and me.”

11 thoughts on “California Governor Adviser Arrested for Trying to Suffocate 4-Year-Old with Pillow”
  1. If this occured in 0ct-2020 why is he not in court for attempted murder ? Is Newsom covering this one up also ? Will another democrat, in California actually get away with attempted murder and of a 4 year old girl ?

  2. I doubt this case will go to court. That is not because I think that Ballard is innocent. He may be, but I think his buddy the governor of California will issue a pardon rather than have him tried and possibly convicted. Since this man is a buddy of Newsome, he likely has quite a large amount of incriminating knowledge of the tyrant’s (Gavin Newsome) actions so he will either be quietly pardoned or meet with an ‘accident’. I am uncertain as to which is more likely. If this was either Clinton, I would know.

    Jeffrey Epstein did NOT kill himself.

  3. See the Dems are really out there, a friend of the governor, a Dem tells you more. They are evil, like pelosi , she let the people suffer to get back at Trump, newson is her nephew, runs in the family apparently.

  4. WHY am I NOT surprised – violent liberals never fess up or accept the blame themselves…it’s ALWAYS the other person…trying to smother his own 4 year old child ??? Something that child will have to LIVE WITH THE REST OF HIS LIFE… there is no conceivable way he can EVER get away with this action against any child. WHAT HAS THIS SOCIETY COME TO???? THIS IS NOT THE “AMERICA” IT SHOULD BE!!!

  5. …more cover propaganda for the corrupt political-class. An article about an aide to one of the most powerful, dictatorial Governors in the country, but no detail about the charges…just another string of BS about how great of a Person / Dad / Ass he is. Horrendous writing, horrendous journalism, horrendous men…both he and The Governor.

  6. Only $75,000 bail! Don’t these asses realize that there will be a time they will have to answer for their actions.
    How sad that people elect scum like this into political office.
    He will get away with it and his buddy the governor will help but God for bid if a restaurant owners tries to keep their business alive.

  7. Speechless abt this insanity!
    God will take all this into consideration in the end and he WON’T BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH THIS!!!!

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