Brownback on Sotomayor

   Sen. Sam Brownback opposed Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor when the Senate approved her elevation to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1998.


    Here's what the Kansas Republican had to say today about her nomination to the high court:


   “While I celebrate Sonia Sotomayor's life story, I am troubled by some of her statements. Now that the president has nominated her, it's up to the Senate.  She deserves a fair and respectful hearing.  I look forward to a thorough process and to hearing more from her.  I do have serious questions about her record and her judicial philosophy regarding how she views the role of the Court.  In my view, the role of a justice is as an umpire, not a policy maker.”