Vitter Declares Intention to Vote Against Sotomayor Nomination

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today said he will vote against the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor when her nomination comes before the full Senate for consideration later this month.


“I continue to have very serious concerns about Judge Sotomayor’s nomination in a number of areas, including whether she understands the proper role of the judge as an impartial umpire – not picking winners and losers based on empathy or personal biases.


“During her confirmation hearings, Judge Sotomayor made some additional statements that gave me pause, specifically her ambiguity about the right of every American to the Second Amendment, her belief in the use of foreign law in decision-making and her terse and dismissive comments on her handling of the firefighters discrimination case.


“The Constitution is clear that Supreme Court justices must interpret the law and not legislate from the bench. I’m not certain that Judge Sotomayor will be able to refrain from legislating from the bench, and more important, I believe President Obama is counting on her to do so based on his own past statements in support of an activist judiciary.


“For these reasons, I must oppose her nomination,” said Vitter.