Partisan politics blocks a qualified judicial appointment in N.H.
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In Washington, heated judicial confirmation battles are nothing new. Sadly, partisan attacks on highly qualified nominees now seem to have infected state court nominations as well.
Earlier this month, the New Hampshire Executive Council rejected the nomination of state Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, Governor Chris Sununu’s pick for chief justice of the state Supreme Court.
Sununu nominated MacDonald from a list of finalists recommended by the governor’s nonpartisan Judicial Selection Commission. MacDonald’s nomination received unprecedented bipartisan support, including from 18 past presidents of the state bar association, three former New Hampshire chief justices, and Democratic and Republican members of the bar.