Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Legislature Confirms McDonald for Supreme Court
By Mark Pazniokaswww.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.
Andrew McDonald: influential legal voice. Ctmirror.org
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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