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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Legislature Confirms McDonald for Supreme Court

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By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The General Assembly today confirmed Andrew J. McDonald, a former Democratic state senator and longtime confidant of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, as the first openly gay justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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McDonald, 46, of Stamford was confirmed on votes of 30-3 in the Senate and 125-20 in the House, clearing the way for him to resign as Malloy’s general counsel and join the state’s highest court Thursday.

As the long-time co-chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, McDonald was an influential legal voice in Connecticut. He resigned from the Senate two years ago to join the Malloy administration as legal adviser, a role he played in Stamford when Malloy was mayor.

His sexual orientation was not addressed during a debate in which opponents focused on his lack of previous judicial experience and his sponsorship of a bill in 2009 that Catholics deemed an intrusion into church affairs.

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Posted 01/23 at 03:55 PM

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