Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, plans to announce his opposition of Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
According to the Associated Press, McConnell said that statements made by Sotomayor “show an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice, and that he’s worried she’d let her sympathies and prejudices interfere with her decisions as a justice.”
Though McConnell is beginning to take up arms, many Republican senators have begun to voice their support for Sotomayor, including Senators Richard Lugar of Indiana, Mel Martinez of Florida and Olympia Snowe of Maine.
Lugar said Sotomayor was “clearly qualified… and she has demonstrated a judicial temperament during her week-long nomination hearing,” reported the Washington Post.
Martinez later told Washington Post, “Judge Sotomayor is knowledgeable of the law, would be a fair and impartial judge, and seems to have a good understanding of the limited role the judiciary plays in our democracy.”
The Washington Times also reported that Snowe endorsed Sotomayor and said that she “was impressed with Judge Sotomayor’s comportment and obvious mastery of the law during this week’s nomination hearings…. Barring any unforeseen developments, I expect to join the majority of my Senate colleagues in confirming Judge Sotomayor.”
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Howard Friedman, a retired law professor at the University of Toledo, said, “They’re certainly not totally predictable in terms of her siding with one side or another…. She looks pretty carefully at all the facts.”
Reverend Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said, “Certainly on the free-exercise side she is nuanced…. She does clearly believe that claims of religious freedom are to be taken seriously, but that doesn’t always mean that the religious person making the claim wins,” reported the Salt Lake Tribune.