And Now, The Reactions To Sotomayor
Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention (to FOX News Radio):
“Disappointed, but not surprised.”
“We should be concerned with any pick that wants to try to undermine Constitutional authority by making the Constitution a ‘living document.'”
“If we want empathy, we should get that legislators, not judges.”
Jonathan Falwell, Pastor, Thomas Road Church (to FOX News Radio):
“I don’t think this sends any message to conservative Christians because in all honestly it doesn’t surprise us. He’s a liberal.”
“We should be concerned. I would be far more concerned if she were replaced someone like Clarence Thomas or Justice Scalia.”
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York (Press Release)
“When I met with the President in the Oval Office earlier this month, I took the opportunity to tell him that Sonia Sotomayor would be an outstanding choice for the Supreme Court, and people whose legal opinions I greatly respect speak very highly of her. She has been an incredibly good federal judge, and having risen from humble beginnings in the Bronx, she brings a perspective that will serve the Court – and our nation – very well. Her story is a perfect example of the kind of opportunity that is available in this City – and this country – to those who devote themselves to their dreams. Judge Sotomayor was first recommended to the federal bench by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan – and of all his great legacies, she may prove to be one of the most important.”
Senator Arlen Specter, D-PA:
“I applaud the nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Her confirmation would add needed diversity in two ways: the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the high court. While her record suggests excellent educational and professional qualifications, now it is up to the Senate to discharge its constitutional duty for a full and fair confirmation process.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:
“Senate Republicans will treat Judge Sotomayor fairly. But we will thoroughly examine her record to ensure she understands that the role of a jurist in our democracy is to apply the law even-handedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences.
“Our Democratic colleagues have often remarked that the Senate is not a ‘rubber stamp.’ Accordingly, we trust they will ensure there is adequate time to prepare for this nomination, and a full and fair opportunity to question the nominee and debate her qualifications.”
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), member of Judiciary Committee:
“Now that President Obama has nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice Souter on the United States Supreme Court, it is time for the Senate to perform its Constitutional duty of advice and consent. Because Judge Sotomayor would serve for life if she is confirmed, it is essential that the Senate conducts this process thoroughly and the President has assured me that we will have ample time to give Ms. Sotomayor’s record a full and fair review.
“Therefore, it is imperative that my colleagues and members of the media do not pre-judge or pre-confirm Ms. Sotomayor. It is my hope that the process will allow her to prove herself to possess the impartiality, integrity, legal expertise and judicial temperament that we have come to expect from those that sit on our highest court. She must prove her commitment to impartially deciding cases based on the law, rather than based on her own personal politics, feelings, and preferences.”
Some background on her Sotomayor’s most recent appointment: 11 sitting Republican senators voted against Sonia Sotomayor when she was nominated in 1998 to the Circuit Court, including Mitch McConnell, Jeff Sessions, John Kyl, and John McCain.Click here for reuse options!
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