McDonald Nomination To Be Chief Justice Narrowly Passes the House

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.

"Connecticut is on the verge of making history with the potential confirmation of Andrew McDonald as Chief Justice, who would be the first openly LGBTQ chief justice of a state Supreme Court", said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. Some Democrats claim the Republican opposition stems from McDonald being gay, which the GOP denies. The State Senate is expected to vote later this week, if the nomination is approved by the General Assembly today. And on the State Supreme Court, McDonald had voted to repeal capital punishment in CT. The vote came down mostly along party lines, reflecting the unusually partisan rancor surrounding McDonald's nomination. House Judiciary Chair William Tong, a Democrat from Stamford, pushed back saying that McDonald should not be disqualified for his politics.

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

McDonald's nomination came to House after a 20-20 tie vote in the legislature's judiciary committee and an unfavorable report.

The nomination by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has become one of the most politically charged judicial nominations in recent memory.

McDonald's nomination is now in the hands of the State Senate, which is evenly divided 18-18 between Democrats and Republicans. One Democrat has already recused herself from voting.

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