HARTFORD – State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) today expressed opposition to the nomination of Associate Justice Andrew J. McDonald to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. First appointed to the Supreme Court on January 13, 2013, Justice McDonald was recently nominated by Governor Malloy to succeed Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers.
Prior to his being appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice McDonald was Governor Malloy’s chief legal counsel (January 2011 to January 2013), a State Senator (January 2003 to December 2010), and a Partner at the law firm of Pullman & Comley (1991 to 2011).
“My primary reasoning for opposing this nomination is first that Justice McDonald does not have enough experience serving as a judge, and that he has too much relied on a legislative agenda to make his decisions,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “McDonald was appointed to the Supreme Court without even having first served in the Superior Court or Appellate Court. He does not have extensive written records that prove he has heard cases and made decisions that impact Connecticut citizens’ life, liberty and property on a daily basis – like the many judges who currently, or have previously, served as Chief Justice. In addition, I am concerned about Justice McDonald continuing to legislate from the bench, and become, as some call it, an ‘Activist Judge.’ We must remain aware of the important ways in which the executive and legislative branches must work on their own respective responsibilities.”
The bill that confirmed Justice McDonald’s nomination of Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 75 to 74 this evening.