additional commentary by Timothy Horrigan
(member of the House Petitions & Redress Committee)
On February 2, 2012. Josh Youssef testified in favor of his petition (#26) before the House Redress Committee. I am featured early on when he demands that I recuse myself from the committee.
It is not uncommon for family-law petitioners to show up with the expectation that they can say who can or cannot sit on the committee. In fact, the Speaker of the House picks the committee, in consultation with the Minority Leader. My caucus leader, Rep. Terie Norelli (D-Portsmouth), wants me to be on the committee. The Speaker may not like having me on the committee, but he doesn't want to kick me off either, because even he realizes that would just get him in even more trouble than he is already in.
I ended up not having to recuse myself.
The video is divided into two segments of 88 and 30 minutes respectively:
Original URL: http://youtu.be/D50pDhAfmW4
Original URL: http://youtu.be/-n4yUtd_2J4
On March 6, 2012, Youssef returned for some more testimony. This came as something of a surprise to me since his first two hours of testimony seemed plenty long to me (even though he is a very good public speaker.) He certainly gave a strong presentation which covered his case in quite a lot of detail. But when I checked his written testimony against the video, I saw that his oral presentation tracked his written testimony point for point. He had indeed only gotten halfway through the written testimony when the February 2 hearing come to a close. So, he came in on March 6 and spoke for an additional two hours, thus covering the entire document:
Original URL: http://youtu.be/vA2ig3frQnc
July 24, 2012, the Redress Committee took its final vote
(barring a reconsideration or some other complication.)
Mr. Youssef won 9-2 with 3 abstentions from reps who had
endorsed his State Senate candidacy. One Democrat, Rep. Sandra
Balomenos Keans, left before the vote because she had another
meeting at noontime. Youssef gave an hour of what has been
described as "Final Founding Testimony." I was
surprised this testimony lasted only an hour. This is
probably the end of his testimony, although the committee has
to finalize the Majority and Minority Reports on August 2,
2012, which is a nontrivial task.