Nathan Ballard has been charged with two felonies, willful cruelty to a child with possible injury and death, and domestic violence, according to The Daily Wire.
Ballard is a long time associate of Gavin Newsom.
Allegedly Ballard “consumed a large amount of alcohol and some marijuana” and pushed a woman into a glass door causing her to fall and hit her head.
Ballard then allegedly “attempted to suffocate the child victim with the pillow. Ballard grabbed the pillow from the bed, placed it onto the child victim and laid on top of the pillow, placing his weight on the child victim who was under the pillow.”
Ballard’s attorney, Tony Brass said, “Nate and Mara went on an overnight vacation to Napa on Oct. 17 with their two young children. That night, after they both had too much to drink, they had an argument. Nate was the only one who emerged with any injuries. I saw and documented those injuries firsthand.”
“Nate knows that he is not perfect, but he is facing his own challenges head-on. 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.”
From The Daily Wire:
The Sacramento Bee referred to Ballard as a “friend and adviser” to Newsom, while the San Francisco Chronicle referred to him as a “longtime Newsom aide.”
The Sacramento Bee added that Ballard currently runs a public relations agency that has advised many high profile clients in the professional sports world, Fortune 100 companies, and public figures in the tech industry.
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The Sacramento Bee reports:
In addition to once serving on Newsom’s staff, Ballard also served as spokesman for past Democratic presidential candidates Sen. John Kerry and General Wesley Clark and once served as communications director for the Democratic National Committee, the California Labor Federation.