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Justice Andrew McDonald before his 13 hour hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee (ctnewsjunkie file photo)

Below is a statement from Justice Andrew McDonald:

At my mother’s funeral I eulogized her, which was one of the hardest things I’ve ever needed to do. Today, I need to do something that is no doubt less difficult, but it is still a task I undertake with great sorrow: I regretfully acknowledge that I have been unsuccessful in my effort to be confirmed as Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

In my eulogy of my mother I shared a lesson she taught me that has always helped to guide me in my personal, professional and public lives.  Whenever I faced a challenging situation, or was disappointed about something that happened to me, she would always remind me, “Andrew, life is not about you.  It’s about those who need you.”  To everyone I tried to help, and to everyone who tried to help me, I am sorry I failed in this endeavor.  And to the LGBT community, particularly its youth who I know have been closely watching this process, I want you to understand that every minority group in history has faced setbacks.  In the fullness of time, those setbacks usually end up becoming a source of strength, a reminder of why the community must continue to press for equality, and a framework that helps shape and develop the next steps of progress.

To Governor Malloy and to the legislators who voted for me – including one particularly courageous and brave one – I want to thank you for your support, encouragement and confidence.  I will never forget any of it.

The enormous honor of leading the Connecticut judiciary as an independent and coequal branch of government will now fall to another.  I am confident that the judges and staff of the Judicial Branch will show that nominee the same level of collegiality and assistance that has been shown to me.

In this turbulent personal moment, I don’t know what the future holds for me.  I do know, however, that I will face it secure in the love and affection of my husband, Charles, and an amazing group of friends and family that I cherish, never more than I do today.