Senate Republicans, and One Dem, Vote Down Malloy’s Chief Justice NominationMarch 28, 2018
The rejection of Justice Andrew McDonald, Gov. Dan Malloy's (D-Conn.) choice to be Connecticut's new chief justice, is a resounding political defeat for Malloy.
Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) experienced the latest resounding defeat of his governorship on Tuesday, after the Connecticut Senate voted down his nomination for chief justice, Justice Andrew McDonald, by a 19-16 vote.
The Senate vote featured all 18 Republicans voting against the nomination, one Democrat (Joan Hartley), one Democrat abstaining (Gayle Slossberg), and 16 Democrats voting for the nomination.
In remarks and a press conference after the vote, Malloy strongly suggested that people who voted against or opposed McDonald’s nomination were prejudiced, biased, or anti-gay.
Part of those remarks:
There was much talk in today’s debate about homophobia. You’ve heard my comments on that topic, so I will just add one thing I haven’t said before, which is this: A person doesn’t need to use homophobic slurs in order for their actions to be homophobic. In fact, a person doesn’t even need to consciously know they are acting with bias at all. This is a documented and researched phenomenon known as “unconscious bias.”
Malloy joins other Democrats in advancing the argument that opposition to his hand-picked chief justice nominee is evidence of anti-gay “bias” by Republicans.
Two Republicans running for state House this year pushed back on those arguments earlier in March.
McDonald is a former Democratic state senator and a longtime ally to Malloy.
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