UPDATE: The hearing to decide Mary-Jane Foster’s ballot appearance for mayor began Monday morning in Bridgeport Superior Court. In this corner for the plaintiffs, attorneys Alan Neigher and Michele Mount. In the corner for the defendant (Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala), Deputy City Attorney Art Laske.
Attorneys for both sides don’t expect a lengthy process in Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis’ courtroom, maybe a day or two for testimony, with a possible Democratic primary for mayor Sept. 13. Ayala is expected to be called to the stand by lawyers representing Foster and her slate of candidates rejected by Ayala as a result of a technicality over one too many candidates for Board of Education.
Foster’s campaign manager Jason Bartlett is also expected to testify. The OIB party Friday night at Bijou Theatre was a hoot. Both Bartlett and Laske attended the party. Jason meet Art; Art say hello to Jason. Soon enough they’ll meet in the courtroom. Foster’s lawyers are also expected to introduce a video discussion of campaign officials requesting petition papers from Ayala at the Registrar’s Office.
Foster’s lawyers will make their case why the judge should place her slate on the ballot. Ayala, according to the court complaint, abused her position, democracy and the law by denying Foster in a bizarre decision. Laske will argue that Ayala applied the law correctly. Maybe the outcome wasn’t popular but the law is the law is the law. We’ll see what Judge Bellis decides.
A bunch of folks at the OIB party asked me what the judge will do. I haven’t a clue. Could we see some surprises? Of course. Surprise! It’s Bridgeport.
I might have limited internet access the next couple of days. Meanwhile let’s have a spirited–but clean–debate why Foster should be, or should not be, placed on the ballot. Shoot, if there are no elections I’m out of business.