A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, Droney is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is former Chairman of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee and was a member of the Democratic National Committee. He was co-chair of the Bill Clinton-Al Gore campaign in Connecticut. Droney has usually been aligned with more conservative Connecticut Democrats such as former Governor William O'Neill.
In 2006 Droney was a vocal supporter of the re-election of his political ally, Senator Joe Lieberman. Early in the year he publicly urged Lieberman to forgo a Democratic party primary and seek reelection as an independent. Droney's strategy was vindicated when, after Lieberman lost the primary to Ned Lamont, Lieberman won re-election as an independent candidate.
His brother, Christopher F. Droney, is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
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