Executive Council rejects MacDonald nomination for chief justice
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On a 3-2 party-line vote, the Executive Council rejected Attorney General Gordon MacDonald’s nomination as chief justice of the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, handing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu a defeat he labeled “Washington D.C. theatrics.”
Councilors Andru Volinsky, Michael Cryans and Debora Pignatelli, all Democrats, voted against a motion to appoint MacDonald to the court, with Republicans Ted Gatsas and Russell Prescott voting in favor.
Expressing frustration, Sununu said he would wait before bringing another nomination forward.