At a country fair yesterday in Lebanon, Ned Lamont walked the grounds and introduced himself to voters and answered their questions.
There was a video tracker from the Dan Malloy campaign following Ned around, and I noticed that he was sticking his camera into basically each conversation that Ned had with the voters.
Now I know that video trackers have been a part of campaigns since before the famous "Macaca" incident four years ago. It's an accepted practice by every campaign, even Lamont's. I've done a bit of it myself on occasion. Never for pay, though.
But the nature of Dan Malloy's tracker seems to intimidate the voters. When Ned Lamont is greeting regular citizens, the tracker inserts the camera uncomfortably close to their personal space. Nobody enjoys being videotaped, especially when the camera is three feet or less from their head! In several of these scenes (and there were many more during the 45 minutes Ned walked around) you can see the citizens nervously eying the tracker's camera.
It's one thing to tape a candidate's public remarks and speeches.
It's quite another to use the excuse of tracking as a way to intimidate voters and scare them away from greeting the candidate.
Dan Malloy is paying this person to do this. You can safely assume that Malloy is entirely aware of these tactics and approves of them.
Where is the media on this issue?
(yes, I added sound effects of mosquitoes and vuvuzelas, but only to highlight how annoying this is!)