Democratic Lt Governor candidate Susan Bysiewicz was briefly found in default this week for failing to plead in a civil lawsuit brought against her by two Brookfield Republicans. The Superior Court clerk issued the ruling Monday. The suit stemmed from the 2015 expulsion of Jane Miller from the GOP voter rolls under a little used state statute about good faith party affiliation. Miller was represented by Bysiewicz when she appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court, which declined to take up the case.
The former chair and Vice chair of the Brookfield Republican Town Committee, Matt Grimes and George Walker, incurred thousands of dollars in legal expenses. They sued Bysiewicz alleging that she persuaded the town’s insurance carrier not to cover their legal bills.
Miller was eventually able to register again as a Republican.
The Hartford Courant reports that shortly after being found in default, an attorney for Bysiewcz and the other defendants field a motion denying wrongdoing and the default was lifted. The attorney said there was an effort to resolve the matter out of court. Defendants have 30 days to enter a plea in a civil matter after the answer date and then plaintiffs can file a motion for default.
Bysiewicz's attorney denied to the Courant that the action was intended to cause injury to the Grimes and Walker.