Vitter Statement: Comments on Sotomayor Nomination


May 26, 2009



    “As the first Hispanic nominee for the Supreme Court and only the third woman, Judge Sotomayor is certainly making hopeful and positive history.  Now we must study her record and philosophy carefully to ensure that she understands the proper role of the judge as impartial umpire – not pitcher or catcher.
    “The Constitution is clear that Supreme Court justices must interpret the law and not legislate from the bench.  Judge Sotomayor made some comments at Duke University regarding the power of the courts to make policy that do give me pause, and that it is something that I look forward to discussing with her.
    “As her nomination progresses, I will be thoroughly reviewing her judicial record and I look forward to her nomination hearing,” said Vitter.