Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who announced his candidacy for the Connecticut Republican Party gubernatorial nomination, said Andrew McDonald would not have been his selection for Chief Justice.
On Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated Justice McDonald, who already serves on the state Supreme Court, to be the next Chief Justice. When GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst criticized the choice on the grounds Justice McDonald has a “history of supporting unconstitutional measures,” State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, accused Herbst of making comments “rooted in bigotry.” Justice McDonald is openly gay. He formerly was a state Senator, who had never served on the bench, until Malloy nominated him. McDonald and Malloy are friends dating back to their years when Malloy was the mayor of Stamford.
In an interview with Brad Davis and me on the Talk of Connecticut’s Brad & Dan program this morning, Boughton stated:
“There’s no room in this state for bigotry or in our discussions. I think sometimes the messenger can be problematic in terms of a particular issue in the state. Having said that, McDonald would not be my selection to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
“I just don’t agree with his legal rulings or agree with the position he takes on certain issues. Tong, who really wants to dog-whistle by accusing somebody of bigotry, when at the end of the day, I think everybody feels, at least on our side of the aisle, that McDonald’s decision making and certainly his positions on legal issues are really the problem.”
In an earlier radio interview, state Sen. Joe Markley, a member of the judicial committee, predicted Justice McDonald’s nomination would not be rubber-stamped.