Herbst Applauds GOP Lawmakers for Standing Up to Gov. Malloy's Judicial Activism

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst applauded Republican legislators in Hartford Tuesday for forcing a tie-vote on whether to recommend Gov. Malloy's nominee Justice Andrew McDonald for Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to the full General Assembly. The tie-vote outcome means the Judiciary Committee will offer a negative recommendation on the nomination.

"I applaud Republican lawmakers for standing up to Gov. Malloy's judicial activism and for showing Connecticut voters our party stands for the rule of law," Herbst said.

Herbst has been a leading critic of Malloy's nomination of his friend and former political adviser to serve as Chief Justice.

"Justice McDonald, as a former state senator and political advisor to Dan Malloy, demonstrated a partisan streak that continued as Gov. Malloy’s Chief Legal Counsel for two years," Herbst said. "McDonald had no judicial experience when he was nominated to the Supreme Court by this governor and has a troubling record of putting politics above the law."

"The interpretation of our laws should always remain blind to the influence of politics and that is why the full General Assembly should follow the lead of Republicans on the Judiciary Committee and reject this nomination," Herbst said.

Herbst has been vocal in his criticism of McDonald's record, pointing to actions McDonald took as a state senator and Supreme Court Justice that raised red flags about his commitment to putting the law before politics.

"As chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 2009, McDonald attempted to strip Catholic parishes of their right to self-governance," Herbst said. "Legal experts at the time, including then-Attorney General Blumenthal, declared the bill unconstitutional," Herbst said.

"McDonald was also the deciding justice in State vs. Santiago, which disregarded the intent of the legislature and the people of Connecticut by allowing the perpetrators of the gruesome Cheshire home invasion to escape the death penalty," Herbst said.

"We simply cannot allow our courts to become an extension of the Democratic Party in Hartford," Herbst said.