I wanted to be in the courtroom Monday, but like half the state, I’m still in the dark with limited internet. If anyone out there has any influence with Northeast Utilities, please help! Or at least light a candle for me.
Day one of the Superior Court hearing to determine mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster’s ballot position featured testimony from her campaign manager Jason Bartlett and Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala, who rejected Foster’s entire slate because Ayala said Foster had one too many candidates for Board of Education.
The court hearing, according to several court observers, featured a contrast in legal styles, Attorney Alan Neigher for plaintiff Foster taking on the role of an understated country lawyer, while Deputy City Attorney Art Laske, the lawyer for the defense, was the aggressor.
Bartlett took the stand early Monday afternoon to explain his interaction with Ayala to seek petition papers on behalf of the Foster slate. Ayala followed Bartlett late in the afternoon. Neigher tried to trap the Registrar in a series of inconsistencies over what transpired in her conversations with Bartlett regarding submission of paperwork for the Foster slate to qualify for the ballot.
Neigher, a first-amendment and media attorney, wants to introduce an article from the Connecticut Post focused on what Ayala knew and when she knew it regarding her rationale to disallow Foster’s entire slate for ballot spots. Judge Barbara Bellis asked Neigher to file a brief for her consideration Tuesday (today) morning before the hearing resumes at noon.
Dan Tepfer from the Connecticut Post was there, read his take here.