TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst applauded the bipartisan majority of senators who voted down the nomination of Justice Andrew McDonald for Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court Tuesday for taking a principled stand to defend the integrity of the judicial system.
"I applaud these senators for taking a principled stand to protect the integrity of Connecticut's judicial system," Herbst said. "The courage demonstrated by these senators in the face of intense and highly offensive bullying from Gov. Malloy and his hyper partisan allies is a testament to their commitment to protecting our most important institutions."
"We can never allow the integrity of our courts to be compromised by the influence, or even the appearance of the influence, of partisan politics," Herbst continued. "There were very serious questions regarding Justice McDonald's history of partisanship and the role of his politics in his decision-making on the bench, the tactics and rhetoric of his close ally Gov. Malloy and his enforcers only served to reenforce the seriousness of these concerns."
Herbst was a leading critic of Malloy's nomination of his friend and former political adviser to serve as Chief Justice and was among the very first figures in the state to raise concerns over McDonald's record as a state senator, political advisor to Malloy and Supreme Court justice.
"The insulting, petty and completely unfounded accusations of bigotry thrown around by Malloy and his allies over this nomination are exactly the kind of over-the-top, nasty politics that voters in Connecticut are so tired of from this governor," Herbst said.
"It takes courage to stand up for what is right in the face of a bully," he continued. "Today, these senators deserve credit for that."