Connecticut House Confirms McDonald As Chief Justice, By 1 Vote

The nomination of Andrew McDonald to be Connecticut's next chief justice of the Supreme Court cleared a major legislative hurdle Monday, but only by the thinnest of margins.

The 75-to-74 vote came after almost four hours of debate.

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

McDonald's nomination now heads to the Senate.

The nomination of Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald to become the court's chief justice has cleared the first step in a two-step process in the House of Representatives. "It would be wrong to vote against Justice McDonald because he is by party affiliation a Democrat". It has become one of the most politically charged judicial nominations in recent memory, complete with robocalls and TV ads. Representative Rosa Rebimbas, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, led the debate.

McDonald has served as an associate justice for five years. If confirmed, he would make history as the first openly LGBTQ Chief Justice on a USA state Supreme Court.

HRC released the following statement in response to partisan attempts to block the confirmation of Justice Andrew McDonald for Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Since then there has been an unprecedented campaign style effort to get him approved in the legislature with private groups funding "robo calls" to Republican lawmakers' districts. He faced stiff opposition mainly from Republicans.

Democrats hold a slim majority in the House. Members of that committee questioned McDonald, a longtime friend and aide to Gov. Malloy, for 13 hours before that vote.

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