Connecticut State Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington, is accusing state Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford of trying to “stifle” free speech by labeling Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst’s criticism of Andrew McDonald’s court nomination as “rooted in bigotry.” McDonald, already a Supreme Court justice, was nominated by Gov. Malloy to become the state’s next Chief Justice. He is openly gay.
Herbst emailed Hearst Connecticut media:
“Tong is throwing a tantrum to avoid answering the serious questions that relate to McDonald’s nomination as chief justice. My objection to the nomination of Justice McDonald as chief justice is very clear: he has a demonstrated track record of partisanship, had no experience on the bench when he was first appointed to the court and has a history of supporting unconstitutional measures.”
Tong told Hearst:
“No doubt that this is a dog whistle Trump-style attack on a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. I think he’s obviously trying to smear Justice McDonald and make a personal attack on him and his sexual orientation.
On the Talk of Connecticut’s Brad (Davis) & Dan (Lovallo) Show, Sen. Markley, a member of the legislature’s judiciary committee, predicted that Justice McDonald will face a fight over his nomination. Sen. Markley added that he subscribes to the theory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy that an individual should be judged on content.