Mar 222018

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today voted against elevating Justice Andrew McDonald to the position of Chief Justice on the State Supreme Court following a lengthy debate in the House.

Klarides said she opposed McDonald based on his testimony before the Judiciary Committee on Feb. 26 and his position on when and when not to recuse himself from deciding cases because of conflicts of interest.

“After much thought and deliberation, I felt I could not in good conscience vote to confirm Justice McDonald as Chief Justice. His record of when he has had to recuse himself from cases and others when he has not, is troubling,’’ Klarides said.

The House voted 75-74 to approve the nomination. The vote was not along party lines.

McDonald is Gov. Malloy’s choice to succeed Chase Rogers on the high court. The nomination now goes to the Senate.

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