In a day and age when YouTube can make or break a politician, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is leaving nothing to chance.
As Bysiewicz goes before Republican party lawyers today, she’ll be bringing her own videographer.
Bysiewicz is expected to give her deposition and explain why she believes she meets the 10 years of active practice provision to run for attorney general during a private meeting at the law offices of Gersten, Clifford, and Rome in Hartford.
In what Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy called an “unusual move,” her attorney suggested that if Bysiewicz was going to have a camera trained on her, there also should be one trained on Eliot Gersten, who will be asking the questions during the deposition.
“The plaintiff believes that fairer coverage of the deposition would include a videotaping of the questioner as well as the deponent so that the viewer can best gauge the reaction of the deponent,” Wesley Horton, Bysiewicz’s attorney wrote in his motion Tuesday.
“The plaintiff believes it would be proper in this case to do so because of the intense public interest in the case and the likelihood that the videotape of her deposition will enter the public realm,” Horton wrote. “A slanted, one-sided picture of her deposition [will be] the likely result if the camera shows only the plaintiff.”
When Horton, arrived at the Republican Party’s law offices Wednesday morning, he had no comment on his protective order requesting permission to videotape Gersten, the Republican Party’s attorney.
“I can’t comment on that,” Horton said as he walked into Gersten’s offices. “The judge made it clear yesterday that we are trying the case in the courtroom.”
Both sides maintain that the dueling video cameras don’t change anything.
“Our attorney is going to handle himself professionally,” Healy said.
He said it’s his party’s intention to get a collection of the facts and “we’ll see what happens from there.”