Controversial Chief Justice nomination goes before House of Representatives

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 13, 2018

Now an associate justice, Andrew McDonald has served on the Connecticut Supreme Court since 2011 and was nominated to be the next Chief Justice by Governor Dannel Malloy in January.

"I'm not sure there's anybody in this state more qualified, more prepared, more ready to do this job - the job of chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court - than Justice McDonald", said Tong.

The House of Representatives voted 75-74 in favor of McDonald's nomination. And on the State Supreme Court, McDonald had voted to repeal capital punishment in CT. Some Democrats claim the Republican opposition stems from McDonald being gay, which the GOP denies.

"We have never in this chamber voted against nominees on a purely partisan basis because they come from the other political party". They argued that McDonald had been an unabashed liberal in the State Senate.

A handful of Democrats and almost every Republican opposed McDonald, one of the most politically charged judicial nominees in recent memory.

While his supporters call the former state senator a fair-minded, brilliant jurist, his detractors questioned whether McDonald could be trusted to recuse himself from ruling on policies made during Malloy's administration.

Members voted 79-69 on Monday to overturn an unfavorable recommendation by the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee, allowing debate to begin on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's nominee.

His nomination now moves to the Senate, where there are an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.

A handful of Democrats and almost every Republican opposed McDonald, one of the most politically charged judicial nominees in recent memory.

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