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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Standing with Justice McDonald

I was proud to stand on the Senate floor in support of Justice Andrew McDonald's confirmation to be the next Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Justice McDonald's credentials are unimpeachable, which is why his nomination is supported by the deans of Yale, UCONN and Quinnipiac law schools, a large number of legal scholars/full time professors of law and dozens of highly respected trial and appellate lawyers--including Democrats and Republicans.

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While the outcome of the vote was not successful, opponents of Justice McDonald's confirmation failed to make a case as to why he is not qualified to lead the court. Their actions to block the confirmation have been panned by editorial boards and the legal community.

That's why I stood with my Democratic colleagues in the Senate and took the extraordinary step of calling on the Republican senators who voted against Justice McDonald to offer a motion to reconsider their vote to reverse a result which may threaten the independence of Connecticut's judiciary and have a chilling effect on the judicial nomination process in the future.

Connecticut's General Assembly has had a long and proud tradition of approving judicial nominees on their qualifications rather than ideology. This is the final opportunity for Republicans to prevent the damage they are about to inflict on the independence of the judiciary. A vote to reconsider is the only course to honor Connecticut's nonpartisan judicial traditions and avoid the atmosphere of bare-knuckle partisanship which pervades the judicial selection process in many other states.