Gavin Newsom’s former helper was arrested on charges of domestic violence

Former political adviser to Prime Minister Gavin Newsom and a well-known Democratic Democrat strategist were arrested in October on charges of domestic violence and child abuse, including an alleged attempt to “strangle” a 4-year-old child with a pillow. Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

Napa County Assistant Dist. Atty. Paul Gero said his office filed a double criminal complaint against Nathan Ballard, 51, on Thursday, citing domestic violence and child abuse after his October 18 arrest.

Ballard, who served as Newsom’s director of communications when Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, Newsom and his wife, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, recently published in their Marin Magazine profile that the governor was a “longtime friend and advisor”.

An unnamed woman, according to the Napa County sheriff, claimed that Ballard, who he believed was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, pushed him to a glass door on Oct. 17, causing his head to hit the bottle. Henry Wofford, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the woman told authorities he had blown Ballard’s nose and forehead, bleeding to the ground, then grabbed a pillow and “tried to strangle the child with the pillow.”

The woman told the detective that she could have moved the child and a 3-year-old boy from where the alleged incident took place and went to a separate room and closed the door, Wofford said.

Ballard’s arrest was first reported by Politico, which also reported that the alleged incident took place at the upscale Carneros Resort and Spa of the day.

Ballard’s attorney, Anthony Brass, said he was “completely confident” that Ballard would be acquitted.

“Nate is a recognized professional and a member of the Bar with impeccable ethical experience. He has no criminal history. In 51 years, Nate has never been charged, arrested or charged with a crime prior to these baseless allegations. ”Brass said in a written statement. “After nearly eight years of continuous sobriety, Nate continued drinking in April after her father died. It is now clean and sober again, and is currently in a residential recovery program to address the problem of drinking responsibly and comprehensively. “

Ballard is the founder of the press, a San Francisco-based public service firm. He has served as a communications advisor to the NBA Golden State Warriors, Super Bowl 50, the National Democratic Commission, and the Democratic Party of California, and was a spokesman for the 2004 presidential campaign of former senator and Secretary of State John Kerry. Ballard also works on the board of the Representation Project, a nonprofit organization founded by Siebel Newsom, which works to combat social injustice and gender stereotypes.

The news of Ballard’s arrest comes at a politically sensitive time for Newsom. The Democratic governor came under fire as he and his wife visited an upscale Napa Valley restaurant to attend a November 6 birthday party for a political adviser, Jason Kinney. Newsom apologized for its behavior, saying it contradicts the spirit of the security guidelines. and asked Californians to take precautions to follow during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The governor’s office did not respond to the request for an opinion.