Longtime Newsom aide charged with domestic violence, allegedly tried to suffocate child

Nathan Ballard, a longtime close aide to California Governor Gavin Newsom, has been charged with felony domestic violence, including allegedly trying to suffocate his 4-year-old daughter.

Ballard has been arrested and jailed on two felony domestic violence charges in Napa that include an allegation of attempting “to suffocate a child with a pillow”


Ballard told POLITICO in a text message “I’ve spent my career in crisis communications fighting on behalf the wrongfully accused, and now for the first time I really know what it feels like to be in their shoes.”

“I will be exonerated,” he added  I love my children more than anything on earth, and we will be reunited.”

Per Politico “sources say the events occurred at the swanky Carneros Resort and Spa where, according to victim statements, Ballard reportedly “had consumed a large amount of alcohol and some marijuana.’’

“The adult victim told authorities that Ballard “charged her and pushed her with both hands into the glass doors,’’ causing her to fall and hit the back of her head on the door.” the report continues “Ballard also stumbled and fell onto the ground, bleeding, according to documents on file with the Napa County Sheriff’s department.”

Then Ballard “attempted to suffocate the child victim with the pillow,’’ the adult victim told the police. “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,’’ according to the report.