June 19th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Republican senator won't meet with Sotomayor

Inhofe has said he will vote against Sotomayor.
Inhofe has said he will vote against Sotomayor.

(CNN) - As Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor continues to make the rounds on Capitol Hill, at least one senator is refusing to meet with her.

Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who previously voted against Sotomayor's current post as a federal appeals court judge, told the Tulsa World Thursday it is a "foregone conclusion" that he would not support Obama's pick for the high court.

"If you voted against anyone on the circuit [court], I have never been able to see how you turn around when the bar is actually higher and support it at a higher level," Inhofe also said.

So when it came time for Sotomayor to meet with Inhofe to discuss her judicial philosophy, the Oklahoman declined.

"The reason is he already knows how he is going to vote and it's probably best not to take up her time, she's very busy," Inhofe communications director Jared Young told CNN.

Meanwhile, fellow Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, also a Republican, met with Sotomayor Thursday, having what he described as a "philosophical discussion" with the high court nominee.

"It was more a philosophical discussion [about] life, problems in our country, difficulties we face," Coburn said.

Inhofe isn't the first Republican to explicitly proclaim his opposition to Sotomayor. Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts - who also voted against Sotomayor's nomination to the appeals court 11 years ago - said late last month he would again oppose her. A spokeswoman for Roberts did not know if the Kansas Republican has plans to meet with the nominee.

Sotomayor has met with more than 70 senators since Obama tapped her for the Supreme Court late last month.


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  1. republicans hate america

    typical arms folded and pouted face that republicans do never tough enough to face anyone.

    June 19, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Shannon G

    It is sad to see that most the people complaining about Sotomoyor are
    old white middle age men, who still probably believe that women should not hold any office. I see being the minority now is no fun.

    June 19, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Ed Henson

    Will the gentleman from Oklahoma [Senator Imhoff] please explain to me whatever happened to common curtesy,decency, and respect.

    June 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. pmichael

    Why doesn't the Senator simply be honest and admit he doesn't think a "stupid woman" should be on the Supreme Court ? Perhaps – like Rush Limbaugh – he should just say he doesn't have time to talk to a 'cleaning lady'. White males – especially Republican white males – need to be far more sensitive of their image these days.

    June 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Donna from Colorado Springs

    What utter arrogance on the part of another Republican! Just who does he think he is? This is exactly why the Republican party is quickly becoming the most worthless political party of all time! Besides being extremely rude to Ms.Sotomayor, he is showing what a hypocritical and offensive little man he truly is! Typical behavior of someone who acts like a spoiled three year old child when he doesn't get his way, and refuses to speak to anyone! Any wonder that the Republican party is known as the PARTY OF NO!

    June 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Patty Rizzatto

    I am ashamed of my Senator. Yes, I disagree with him on almost every political issue, but I would like to think he would respect me in spite of my beliefs. He has proven me wrong by rudely disrespecting an intelligent, well educated, well qualified women because of her political bent. Jim Inhofe, didn't your mother teach you better manners than that!

    June 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Jonathan M. Lewis

    Mr. Inhofe shows how truly close-minded he is by not even meeting with her to have a discussion. He is exactly what is wrong with the Republican party and why they will lose the support of Latinos for years to come. His off-hand decision not to meet her smacks of a dismissal of her ideas and is an affront...Grow up, Senator, you're an adult now...

    June 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Tony in Maine

    Inhofe is an embarrassment to the United States. It would probably be best if he resigned and retreated into the eighteenth century from which he came.

    June 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. ~~ July ~~

    yeah ... why meet with a brownie when you most likey see one every friday cutting your grass .... a_ _hole

    June 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. silly rabbit

    the more I read this kind of stuff and even comments here from the far right supporters I see why less than 30% of the population claim to be Republicans and also why the nation approves of them at 33%. This party is NOT going to make any type of comeback at the rate they are going. And it's all because of the way they think and what they represent. They are united in only one thing...OPPOSITION to President Obama. So far they are very good at that. This sorry senator is a good example of it.

    June 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Texan

    Once again – the only ones defending the idiot republican are men.
    What is it with you guys? You don't like women, you don't want us to choose what we can do with our bodies (convenient that YOU don't ever have to face carrying a child in YOUR future).... but you still like Sarah Palin? Oh wait, she's dumb, she loves guns and thinks children born of incest and rape would have no problem getting adopted, despite the thousands of children in this country born of better circumstances that can't find homes... Makes total sense.

    June 19, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Rowdy916

    what a dork

    June 19, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. James

    I don't understand how these narrow minded old white guys continue to be elected. Doesn't anyone in these states have a mind of their own??

    June 19, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Chad

    @ Nicole from OK

    You are right, and wrong. Nobody has a problem with your state being religous, conservative or white...what we have a problem with is you conservatives speaking out the side of your mouths. You want smaller government, less spending. Yet you want the government to get involved in gay marriage, prayer in school and abortion. And are willing to have the government spend vast sums of money to get this dream to fruition. So which is it? Do you want the government in or out? You can't just have the government be your gaurd dog that you call on when ever your christian vews seem threatened but untherwise needs to know its place. The great state of Ok is welcome to its views but don't assume we are all out to take your rights or morals...we all want the same thing, to live our lives the way we see fit. I don't need liberals or the Christian right telling me which is better.

    June 19, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Charlie

    I guess his right wing-racist-white-male-base, will love him for his lack of civility.

    June 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Matthew in Oregon

    That's mature. I suppose no matter how much experience you have, to these Republicans (and David Brooks over at the NYT), if you aren't a rich old white guy, you'll just be another half-wit, token appointee.

    What's wrong with having an evidently brilliant Latina on the court?!

    June 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Jeff W.

    What? A Republican from a square state opposing a progressive person? What a surprise. It still amazes me that the Republicans continue to act like petulant children because they lost the election.

    June 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. rar

    As the percentage of voters who call themselves Republican continues to shrink, the partys leader meet to plot strategies to enlarge their tent. Just about every region of the country except the south have obandoned the Republican Party. Look no further than Colorado. It is precisely actions like Senator Inhofen why voters see no future for this party. It is a party of white, Southern, old men who continue to pander to their base but have nothing constructive to offer. You may win elections in Oklahoma by grandstanding in this way but you do nothing for your party or country. You could at least dignify the process and nominee to accept her invitation to meet.

    June 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Bridget

    Bottom line - this shows that Senator Inhofe doesn't care to even speak with anyone he disagrees with. Not surprising at all, though.

    June 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Eric S

    Eleven years is a long time. If I made decisions based on information that was 11 years old, my boss would send me packing faster than you can say "pink slip".

    I don't care what party you belong to or how liberal or conservative you might be, if you can't talk respectfully and directly with someone you disagree with, you are too immature to serve in the US Senate. Take an hour to make sure you understand her judicial philosophy, qualifications, etc. before you decide that you won't support her.

    June 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Maria

    I am Puertorican, and I can appreciate his honesty. Why should he waste his or her time? Makes perfect sense. I can understand why one would call her a racist or prejudice based on her prior rulings. she voted to have some test results thrown out because it prevented alot of minorities from advancing in a company. It seems that she's doing to white people what white people have done to us minorities. ruling n favor of her own kind. Is it right? No.

    June 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Don

    Poor excuse for an Oklahoman, Poor excuse for an American.

    June 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. CheneyIsDarthVader

    And I thought the Senate was supposed to be more civil than the house . . . Inhofe demonstrates that he – like many Republicans – have no interest in civility. What a small and petty individual.

    June 19, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. DawnL,CA

    Most women know that most GOP white old men are racists.Sorry boys-you are losing. Senator-do your job while we (the taxpayers) are still paying your salary. You showed no class or smarts when you refused to meet with Sotomayor.

    June 19, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. John

    The Senator is being very childish, this is no way for an adult to behave he is an embarrassment to the republican party!

    June 19, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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