An attorney for a former state Democratic Party staffer wants to depose Chairman David Parker on Sept. 5 -- in the middle of the national party convention in Charlotte.
Parker's attorney filed a motion earlier this week to quash the deposition, suggesting it is "politically motivated."
"The scheduling of a deposition in the middle of the Democratic National Convention will cause harassment, annoyance, oppression and undue burden or expense upon Parker," the motion states.
Adriadn Ortega, the junior staffer who sued Parker and the party for defamation in relation to sexual harassment charges he made earlier this year, is represented by Kieran Shanahan, a top GOP fundraiser who also works as a spokesman for the state Republican Party.
Shanahan was not available to comment. John Branch, another attorney at the firm, said this is not a political ploy because they are open to negotiating the date of the deposition, as is often the case in civil cases.
In the motion, Parker is seeking a hearing with the judge to discuss the deposition and set limits on what Parker can be asked. Attorney Craig Tierney requests an order to block the deposition. He also filed a motion to dismiss.