Connecticut legislature splits 20-20 on state chief justice nomination

Voting yesterday on whether to promote current state Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald to the position of Chief Justice, the Connecticut Judiciary Committee split 20 for, and 20 against. The vote will be treated as an unfavorable report that now goes to the entire legislature.

Proponents of the nomination, which was advanced by Governor Daniel Malloy, argue that Justice McDonald is well-qualified and should not be the victim of election-year politics. Opponents argue that McDonald lacks sufficient experience to be Chief Justice.

I don’t know enough about Justice McDonald to have any opinion on the ultimate outcome, other than to agree strongly with the sentiment that election year politics (or any politics, for that matter) should play no role in selecting or promoting judges.

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