L. Scott Frantz

In Hopes Of Getting McDonald Named Chief Justice, Package Deal With Republican Judge Offered

In Hopes Of Getting McDonald Named Chief Justice, Package Deal With Republican Judge Offered

State legislators are considering a potential package deal in an effort to break the bitter logjam over the controversial nomination of Justice Andrew McDonald as the next chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

The deal calls for having Republicans vote for McDonald, a longtime Democratic ally of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in return for Malloy nominating former Sen. Andrew Roraback, a friend of many Republican senators, to the state’s highest court.

Malloy had previously nominated Roraback, a well-known Republican from Litchfield County, to his current post as a Superior Court judge.

But Republicans still had questions Thursday about the potential deal.

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