June 19th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
6 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. Dave from Tulsa

    Jim Inhoff continuers to be a thorn in the side of the state of Oklahoma..........what a loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 19, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. TBA

    Again the Republican Party is mad that Obama didn't nominate a Right Wing Republican judge to the bench so they are refusing to interview her.

    June 19, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Skeeve

    I don't understand people's reaction here. The guy announced that no matter what he will be voting against this nomination. I don't care what his motifs are – that would be a separate discussion. Why do you want to waste everybody's time if it is not going to change the outcome?

    June 19, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. [length] [time]^(-1)

    Hi, I enjoy spewing forth my ignorant politics anonymously on the Internet because it is the only time people will let me finish a sentence.

    /stupid ppl ought not breed

    June 19, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Ben

    Look at the "loving" and "kind" liberals calling the Senator names and telling him to "shut the hell up" and condemning the state of Oklahoma and white men? How non-judgmental?

    In reality, his position is very consistent and rational: he voted against her based on her record as an activist judge and there is nothing in a 30 minute hand holding meeting that can change her record.

    But, pardon me, resume the name calling and condemning my loving liberal brethren...

    June 19, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Zac

    She did steal his toys on the playground

    June 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. smart dem

    Like a teacher in the summer............. NO CLASS.

    The Republican Party should be very proud!

    June 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Dami

    How do these men ever have kids or mentor people. How can he ever tutor anyone on the lessons of life if he is this intolerant. America's greatest enemy is Americans

    June 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Jeff of Peoria

    There are two Senators that are consistent. They didn't change their colors. RIght or WRONG they stayed their path and didn't swing w/ the politics of teh moment. You have to give them that.

    June 19, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. TESAP; SAVANNAH, GA

    Well thats one way to make a name for yourself... A dumb way but a way nonetheless... poor repubs..everyone is fighting for their 15 minutes of fame.

    June 19, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. john

    Term limits, any one?!

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Proud Member..Party of No

    Excellent decision by Inhofe. We already know she's another pc appointee. After exposing "global warming" for the hoax that it is, he is continuing his good work for we the people.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. A

    Ok. So you're going to vote against b/c of your own preconceived ideas. At least show some courtesy and meet with her. Just goes to show how petty republicans are.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. J

    He has made his decision based on her court decisions. What's the big deal? Employers decline interviews all the time just by viewing a resume. Doesn't mean he's a racist.

    All these ticker articles just try to put democrats against republicans. and the generalized comments from both sides suck...

    And Sniffit...you can sniff these.... You're an idiot that spends way too much time commenting on these boards

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Jane

    Atta boy – just keep pandering to that 21% of the people that call thems selves Repubs.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Mar

    Hey, if it frees up more time for Judge Sotomayor to meet with people that matter and who actually give a darn about serving their constituents' interests, so be it. And people wonder why Oklahoma is not taken seriously.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. ap

    The republicans are making a mockery of our democracy.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Shoreline

    Inhofe is just another low-life member of the Neo-Confederate Party.

    When will these people get it through their heads?

    They lost at Gettysburg.

    They lost at Appomattox.

    They lost last November.

    As we used to say at the New Haven Nighthawk games years ago, its over coach. Start the bus.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Tom in CA

    Helping to propel the Grand Obstructionism Party into that blissful state of oblivion.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Yahbut

    I am sorry to hear that Senator Inhofe will not meet with Sonia Sotomayer.

    He should have given her the choice of meeting with him or not after saying that he would oppose her.

    We really do not want our Republican Senators acting in the same (actually worse) discourteous manner as Senator Jim Webb did with President Bush. Senator Webb has absolutely shameful manners.

    This is one instance when we can act above the way some others do.

    June 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Andrea

    I guess this is just another GOP shot at bipartisanship. How mature? Aren't the people that come from these states embarassed about their representation?!

    June 19, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. ER

    Hey Paul from Kissimmee: its because of people like you that Puerto Rico does not want to become a state of the U.S. Its quite obvious we are not welcome here. We are a commonwealth of the United States and all Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but you still treat us like crap. Racist.

    June 19, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Arlene, Illinois

    This is just an example of the Good Old Boys Club in action.
    Don't let the door hit you in the a_ _ when your up for re-election.

    June 19, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. amy

    As a Hispanic women, I'm glad to see someone w/ BALLs to see ms Sotomayer as she really is...A racist. BTW, she is puerto rican, not EVEN hispanic. GET it straight guys. VIVA Republican party for Hispanic Women party.

    June 19, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. OKCGuy

    To George the Democrat:

    I am also a democrat in Oklahoma and I think your statement is way too harsh about our state. True, Oklahoma is the only state that did not have a single county vote for Obama. But, this is a pattern. Not a single county voted for Kerry either. Intolerance does not run deep here. Yes, there is intolerance but that is not the predominant feature of Oklahoma. There are many accepting and tolerant people here too.

    June 19, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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