May 27th, 2009
12:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Biden officials to lead effort to confirm Sotomayor

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Leading the White House's effort to get Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmed is Cynthia Hogan, the chief counsel to Vice President Biden, an administration official confirms to CNN.

The Vice President, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ron Klain, a veteran of previous confirmation fights, are also expected to be heavily involved, the official says. Biden will be talking to his former Senate colleagues and relaying what he is hearing, and will serve the role of internal counselor. Another key person for the White House as it works to shape its message will be Stephanie Cutter, who will be overseeing the communications aspect of the effort.

Unlike the previous administration, this White House is not expected to be appointing a formal "sherpa" - a Washington veteran who helps shepherd the nominee through the Senate process, giving advice about how to conduct courtesy calls with senators and how to avoid possible pitfalls. Instead, besides the White House officials involved, the senior senator from Sotomayor's home state will also be a key person in helping guide her through the process.

"Sen. Schumer is going to play a role in doing that, as somebody who obviously has been around a number of court confirmations," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters tuesday.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. vl

    In real America, we don't look at race first...only politicians and those trying to have personal gain look at race. She is a racist, and Obama just wants to get the hispanice voting base. What a scummy political move by Obama, put this racist in such a high power. We are all equal and should be judged that way. Wake up Obamabots!!!

    May 27, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bring out the heavy artillery! Position your battleships, target has been sighted!

    May 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. franco

    You mean the same Joe Biden that totally trashed Judge Bork during Bork's nomination process?? The same Joe Biden who "steals" others writings and takes credit as his own? The same Joe Biden who never ceases to put his foot in his mouth? The sdame Joe Biden who has not had a real job in his life? The same Joe Biden who dodged the draft? way to go Obama!

    May 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Kimberly-MI

    Good job President Obama & Vice President Biden I think she was a great pick congrats to Judge Sotomayor you wil do a great job

    May 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. DK

    Well....isn't that the pot calling the kettle black.....I mean brown.

    May 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    To the black spider,

    You are a racist as well, and an ignorant one at that.

    May 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Andy J, NY, NY

    hahaha maybe the don't want her to be confirmed.... i mean, they did put Joe "Six-pack-foot-in-mouth" Biden in charge of leading the effort to get her appointed.

    And to the moron who said she "deserves" this appointment- You're dead wrong. She doesn't deserve the appointment. Nobody deserves it. She has made several statements that prove she has no business being on the Supreme Court.

    Have you idiots ever seen a picture of lady justice? Did you notice that she WEARS A BLINDFOLD??? All this talk of Latina women making better choices than a white man.. Sonia can take a hike.

    May 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. LIP

    Interesting conversations. There is a suggestion that the Republicans are being racist, simply because they want to do their job and question Sotomayer as part of her confirmation, but when Biden was conducting the interview for Clarence Thomas, ( a black man), no one seemed to be upset. Can anyone ever forget those sad days when Biden conducted those so called hearings? How about playing some of the footage from them and see if you hear anyone hollering racism, because it was at it's worst.

    May 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Andy J, NY, NY

    "I would hope that a White man, with all of his rich life experience, would more often than not make a better choice than a Latina woman."

    How well do you suppose i would fare if i made this type of statement, and was actually SERIOUS about it?

    May 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Jen

    I would encourage you all to look at factcheck.org for non-partisan, unbiased information.

    May 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Jean

    Obama doesn’t want this woman on the Supreme Court. He is looking for the republicans to shut her down and dominate the news as being the bullies and upset all kinds of groups.

    While nobody is watching Obama will be doing what he does best destroying the foundation of our great country.

    But Obama overplayed his hand on this one and the republicans will put the vote needed on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Or

    Was this pick for Obama (hates constitution), Hispanics (reward), and Catholics(reward)?

    Take a long and longer look.

    You heard it here first.

    May 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. dominican mama 4 Obama

    southerncousin May 27th, 2009 12:41 pm ET

    "Joe the flubber, now that we have a marxist-leninist nominee who said she hates white men...."

    That must've been some reeeallly good moonshine 'cuz! When did she say she hated white men?

    May 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Ray in NV

    to Jon in CA. you should read her whole speach and not listen to Rush or the right wing idiots before you open your mouth. She was talking about who has more knowledge about minorities or women than a female latino. It is sure not the rich white boy club that currently controls the republican party and the court.

    May 27, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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