June 8th, 2009
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Sotomayor breaks ankle on her way to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor broke her ankle Monday morning on her way to Washington for another round of meetings on Capitol Hill with senators weighing her nomination, according to the White House.

"This morning, on the way to Washington, D.C., Judge Sotomayor tripped at LaGuardia Airport," said White House spokesman Ben LaBolt in a statement. "After an x-ray at Medical Faculty Associates, it was determined that Judge Sotomayor has a small fracture in her right ankle. She has been treated and released, and is looking forward to keeping her full schedule of meetings on Capitol Hill this afternoon."

Later: Senator signs Sotomayor's cast

A White House official tells CNN Sotomayor spent less than two hours being treated at Medical Faculty Associates.

Sotomayor hobbled on crutches past about a dozen cameras Monday afternoon when she arrived at the office of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa - just a few minutes late for her 2 pm courtesy call meeting - sporting a white hard cast on her fractured right ankle that rose up to just below her knee.

The smiling judge, who appeared a tad embarrassed by all the attention to her mishap, would not answer questions at a photo op with Grassley, other than to say: "I feel fine."

Her Monday schedule includes meetings with Grassley and another GOP senator, David Vitter of Louisiana, as well as Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

–CNN's Elaine Quijano and Ted Barrett contributed to this report


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. GD

    More missteps from Sotomayor.

    June 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. gwen

    A broken ankle gets her no simpathy. She is still a raicst.

    June 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. John Burt

    Didn't Justice Breyer break his clavicle on his way to his confirmation? There seems to be a pattern here. All this seems to give new meaning to the phrase about keeping your feet on the ground!

    June 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Brent, LR

    At least she didn't fracture the Constitution, which would've been a requirement from the last administration.

    June 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Dewey

    It's hard to take someone's opinion about something as weighty as a Supreme Court nominee seriously when they can't correctly spell "sympathy". Makes you wonder if they can define it, either. Makes you wonder if their ignorance extends to other concepts, too. Like, for example, "a racist".

    June 8, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. SAMMY WARSAME

    Does she really believe this is going to get her sympathy?

    June 8, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Sam

    Karma?

    June 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. al

    perhaps an old white guy intentionally tripped her?

    June 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Jamara in Los Angeles

    It's funny how people use words they can't spell correctly.

    June 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Kevin B

    Hey Gwen- go back to school and learn how to spell,........you are another fine example of the GOP mob mentality.

    June 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Paul

    gwen – "A broken ankle gets her no simpathy. She is still a raicst."

    Wow. Looks like someone's been listening to too much Rush Limbo.

    June 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Kevin B

    Hey Gwen- go back to school and learn how to spell........before spouting off.

    June 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Alison

    Gwen, learn to spell!!!!!

    June 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Dave, IL

    To gwen and GD: May someone who does not know you have as much sympanthy (sorry for the spelling; I guess I am not perfect in every single way like you two are) as both of you do. Thank god both of you are not representative of the majority of the human race and americans in general. Our country would really be in trouble.

    June 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. sylvia flores

    Keep moving forward and focused is this justice vision no matter what occurs. She has my vote

    June 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |