May 29th, 2009
11:14 AM ET
9 years ago

Democrats launch national Sotomayor effort

Organizing for America, an arm of the DNC, e-mailed supporters to rally support for Sonia Sotomayor.

Organizing for America, an arm of the DNC, e-mailed supporters to rally support for Sonia Sotomayor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Democrats launched a national effort Friday to rally support for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who President Obama introduced this week as his nominee for the Supreme Court.

Organizing for America, Obama's campaign organization which is now an arm of the Democratic National Committee, e-mailed its 13 million supporters a warning that "our opponents will try to play politics with Judge Sotomayor's nomination, and it's up to us to help get out the facts and show the public - and key decision-makers - how much support she really has."

Mitch Stewart, the director of OFA and author of the e-mail, suggested supporters write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper or call their senators to express support for Sotomayor.

OFA is offering supporters downloadable pictures of Sotomayor to be placed on social networking Web sites like Facebook, and posters to show support for Obama's nominee. It has also created a Web page titled "Stand With Sotomayor" to serve as the platform for this campaign.

Filed under: DNC • OFA • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    "Why is that every time a black or Latino person says something about race, the Republican party calls them "racists"?"

    When someone says something racist, they aren't supposed to say, "That's racist"?

    May 29, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Proud Member..Party of No

    She's a radical racist loon. But this is what happens when you elect an amateur community organizer to the office of president.

    May 29, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Polar Bears Against Palen

    YOU right-wingers now crying "Racism" is a total joke. And, a smoke screen to cover your own well-documented racism. What a bunch of patheitic losers. You suck!!

    May 29, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. gary

    Terry and I agree with Terry, I must admit I have never heard anyone make such a stupid comment as Conservatives have no beliefs, no ideology, no vision....
    Let me make this simple for you, since your obviously from the Idol generation who voted for Obama because of the toll free number on your government cell phone.
    Beliefs- Babies are to raise for our future, not to kill and use for science. Unlike the ObamaNation
    Ideology- judge with equity, and reason, not with racism nor false pretenses made up by either the majority or minority.

    May 29, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. katiec

    The polls show the American people overwhelmingly support Sotomayor and do not support the hypocritical republicans.
    You would think with their popularity sinking every day they would
    realize we are sick of their negativity, party first mentallity. You
    would think there are some intelligent, patriotic republican
    politicians out there that would speak out against the destructive
    path their leaders are taking them.
    For those of you insinuating she might be gay, I could care less.
    She is a qualified, honorable judge and that should be all that

    May 29, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |

    Why do you People keep on saying they want him to fail, they only want his polices to fail.

    Goverment taking over private companies[GM] = SOCAILISM

    Wrong direction for this country

    How would you all feel about giving up 50% of your pay to the goverment so they can spend it instead of you.

    May 29, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. gary

    See Katie C,,, the reason us conservatives don't just concede is because we stand for principles that must be fought for. Not force on others.
    Your president is a baby killing, Nazi Science loving, Union Thug

    If I ever get a chance, he will meet my shoe

    May 29, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Lori

    I support Ms. Sotomayor 100% and I support the National Democrats for launching this effort. Ms. Sotomayor will be a valuable asset to our Supreme Court. If she is a so-called 'racist' then so is Justice Alito for making similar comments. End of discussion.

    May 29, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    But for the fact that in her speech Sotomayor was speaking at a Latino function, I would be extremely concerned with the content of her comments. . . as it is, I will reserve judgment until I am able to read more her of her briefs. has a great website which has been listing her case opinions in their entirety.

    Having said that, in all likelihood she will be confirmed.

    May 29, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. elliott

    This is one of the worst picks Osama could have come up with...

    May 29, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Simmy

    Great move, OFA - Me and mine are with you.......Judge Sotomayor will be confirmed.....Republicans will be more despised.........Maybe by 2020 they will have recovered and come back from their stay in the mental house......

    Bush is back on the scene.....He and Cheney playing good cop - bad cop.....Liz Cheney is a loyal sidekick.....Further stomping their party into the ground....

    May 29, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Andi

    Wow. What did this woman every do (for real, not a GOP 'talking point') to earn such derision and nastiness from some of you? If you are against her being confirmed, that's fine and dandy, but calling her names and insulting her looks and body shape is very disgusting. Tactics like that please the GOP (21%) base, but won't get any new supporters.

    May 29, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Tom Paine

    I'll support Sotomayor like Obama supported Roberts and Alito. Oh, wait...that's right....he didn't.

    May 29, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. walleye

    Picking a Supreme Court judge is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you will get. In my opinion, thats the way it should be. The world and everything in changes, and judges need to make adjustments but should always follow the law of the land. It just makes the selection a little more interesting.

    May 29, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. gary

    Ok,,,, So this woman stated " Private Gun ownership isn't a constitutional right ".... Only a woman could make that judgement still be considered qualified to make constitutional judgements....

    I'll admit that is something this White Male fails to understand....
    Of cource I learned to read past a headline, sorry Dems.

    May 29, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. munchmom

    I don't know why any democrat needs to sell this woman to us–she was a shoe-in from the get-go because of who she is–a Dem, woman, and Hispanic. What more could we ask for, other than someone who won't have their head up the prez's "ahem". Too bad for all of US.

    May 29, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Bill in Illinois

    I believe that she has the potential to be a good addition to the court. I do have some serious questions on why she ruled the way she did on the fireman case. It always seemed to me that if a group of people took a test and some passed and some failed that the test had served its purpose and selected those who were qualified based on their passing scores. The test can't discern the difference between the color of the skin of those taking it. I would really like to hear her explanation and reasoning for that. To me it seems on the outside that she was wrong but there must be more to it than we know.

    If she were to be able to provide a reasonable explanation for her ruling then I would support her. If not then it taints her ability to serve on the highest court in the land and her nomination becomes nothing more than an exceedlingly shrewd move by the president. He really has put the repugs in the hot seat with this one. If they aren't careful they may lose all of the races they are in during the 2010 election.

    May 29, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. gary

    Gotta Love Andi's amazing Wisdom....
    Where did you get your Poll # of 21%,,,,, must be on your president twitter messages....
    After all your following a president who stands for Change.
    Change your position until the CNN poll says what you want...

    May 29, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Proud DHS radical

    I'm surprise that the Abortion right groups are not screaming their heads off over having another Catholic on the court.

    May 29, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Gary who states a great deal of nonsence

    While I am all for freedom of speech and generally am amused by many of the right wing posts, you are mighty close to being an exception.

    May 29, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Jimmy the Greek

    Democrats begin there National Campaign to support racism!!

    Actually – nothing new here. The DNC history shows that they were so far into bed with the KKK – the national DNC meeting in the northeast was widely reported as the Clan-Bake (playing off "Clam-bake" for you who don't get the play on words).

    Democrats in Congress years ago stood AGAINST civil rights.

    Democrats in southern states stood (literally) against school integration.

    Sotomayer simply has brought to light the racism always held by Democrats.

    May 29, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. katiec

    Spending our country into oblivion?
    Supporting big business and the rich, sacrificing middle class America?
    Voting against bills such as raising the minimum wage, better benefits for our soldiers, veterans?
    Supporting an unfounded war killing thousands of American fighting men, women and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens?
    Supporting the continuation of outdated, unworkable policies that almost destroyed our country?
    Overwhelmingly supporting the death penalty when many innocents have lost their lives due to a broken justice system?
    Allowing the greed of big business to rape American citizens?
    Wrecking the economy, health and education systems?
    Politicians having no solutions of their own so resort to lies,
    distortions, fear mongering, hate, anger and unrest within our
    Obstructing anything presented regardless of it's merits?
    Putting party over the survival of our country?
    Never admitting to or acknowledging the mistakes of these last eight years?
    The continuation of politics as usual?
    Supporting dishonorable, evil radicals as leaders, spokespeople of their party?
    These are principles????

    May 29, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Jon in CA

    @ Andi asks,

    "Wow. What did this woman every do (for real, not a GOP 'talking point') to earn such derision and nastiness from some of you? "


    The Palin family has been musing the EXACT same thing about liberals, hollywood, and the media!

    Can you explain?

    May 29, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Chi Town

    I really don't understand the money spent on pushing her.

    The congress is completly one sided right now... and Republicans could stop it if they wanted too.

    May 29, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I understand the Democrats' desire to ensure Sotomayor's confirmation.

    But the level of nastiness of the Republicans attempts to derail her nomination is having/will have more positive results towards her confirmation.

    Sometimes your enemy can be your best friend!
    Thank you GOP for being as petty and spiteful as you are.

    May 29, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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