Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

March 26, 2018

Statement from Senate Democratic Leadership Regarding the Nomination of Justice Andrew McDonald

Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today released the following joint statement regarding the nomination of Justice Andrew McDonald to be the Connecticut Supreme Court’s next Chief Justice.

“There can now be no question that Connecticut Republicans are no different than Washington Republicans and are in lockstep with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. Their apparent inability to muster even a single vote in the Senate for Justice McDonald is appalling. Connecticut Republicans are setting a terrible precedent and are now condemning future judicial nominations to the type of partisan politics that has infected Washington.

“The truth is, Justice McDonald is an enormously qualified nominee and a thoughtful and intelligent jurist. Justice McDonald’s credentials are unimpeachable which is why his nomination is supported by the deans of Yale, UCONN and Quinnipiac law schools, the Connecticut Bar Association and dozens of highly respected lawyers—including Democrats and Republicans.

“By any and every metric, Justice McDonald should be the next Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.”