Many people had considered Roraback the
A member of the legislature for the past 18 years, Roraback, 52, was seen as the
Malloy said he never spoke about Roraback's nomination to Esty "nor would I have discussed that with anyone'' in the confidential process. Among political insiders, Roraback was widely expected to battle against Esty for a second time and had been expected to have more of a political future than a judicial one.
Malloy said that Roraback had been on the nonpartisan Judicial Selection Commission's list of potential judges for "at least a week.'' By contrast, some applicants are approved by the selection commission and then literally wait for years in the hope that a governor will nominate them to be a judge.
State Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola said he had "mixed feelings" about Roraback's nomination.
"There's no doubt that Andrew would have provided Connecticut with a very forceful voice in the Republican majority in Washington,'' Labriola said in a phone interview from Charlotte, N.C., where he is attending the Republican National Committee's winter meeting. "He would have been a tier one candidate in 2014."
Labriola added that he considers Roraback a close friend and "on a personal level ... I'm happy for him ... I am confident he will serve with distinction."
Malloy also nominated longtime Superior Court Judge Christine E. Keller of Hartford for a seat on the Appellate Court, the state's second-highest court. Keller, who is married to former House Speaker
Political, Legal Ties
For Superior Court judge, Malloy also nominated Anthony D. Truglia Jr., 53, a commercial lawyer from one of the best-known Democratic political families in
The nominee's father, state Sen. Anthony D. Truglia, died after a car crash on Route 3 in Glastonbury in July 1987 at the age of 60. His mother, Christel, retired in 2009 after serving 20 years in the state legislature.
The governor's list also included Shelley A. Marcus of Branford, the 61-year-old daughter of former state Sen. and former state Democratic Party Chairman Edward Marcus, who is now 85. She has worked at the family law firm for more than 20 years, and was the chief screening counsel for the House Democrats.
Six of Thursday's nominees graduated from the
Another nominee with a political pedigree is Thomas G. Moukawsher of
Another former legislator on the list is Maurice B. Mosley of Waterbury, who served for 10 years in the General Assembly before becoming counsel to Waterbury's school department.
From the defense bar, Malloy chose Karen A. Goodrow of Chester, a former public defender who is director of the Connecticut Innocence Project, which has used DNA evidence to help wrongfully convicted inmates gain release from prison.
The governor also picked Hope Seeley, 48, a well-known member of the duo of Santos and Seeley, who defended former Hartford Mayor
Thursday's list also included Jason M. Lobo of
Nominee Michael A. Albis is a 59-year-old Yale graduate and the father of 28-year-old state Rep. James Albis of
The other nominees are Sheila A. Huddleston of