July 17th, 2009
02:14 PM ET
4 years ago

McConnell to vote against Sotomayor

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he will vote against the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he will vote against the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, his office announced Friday, marking the first time the Kentucky Republican has ever opposed a nominee to the high court.

"Judge Sotomayor's record of written statements suggests an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice, and therefore, in my view, an insufficient willingness to abide by the judicial oath," he said in a written statement. "This is particularly important when considering someone for the Supreme Court since, if she were confirmed, there would be no higher court to deter or prevent her from injecting into the law the various disconcerting principles that recur throughout her public statements. For that reason, I will oppose her nomination."

McConnell, who also opposed Sotomayor's 1998 appellate court nomination, has previously voted to confirm every Supreme Court nominee since joining the senate in 1985, including Clinton appointees Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

Other senators who have announced their intent to vote against Sotomayor are Republicans Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Bob Bennett of Utah. Bennett supported Sotomayor's 1998 appellate court nomination.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Thursday that the GOP will not attempt to block a direct vote on Sotomayor's nomination. Currently, Republicans control 40 seats in the chamber, just shy of the number needed to indefinitely delay a final vote.


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soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. doctorT

    Ha ha, Mitch McConnell from that vanguard of intellectual prowess and tolerance, Kentucky, is voting against a Latina. Now that's a real shocker. What is up with the people of Kentucky who vote for this dinosaur? His voting record is as miserable as his face. Resign, Mitch, just resign...you do nothing to help make this country better.

    July 17, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Independent

    Why am I not surprised??? Another OLD white hair guy, time for him to go the next time around....Wonder how many more have gotten the memo to say "nay."

    July 17, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Jamie from Riverside

    What a surprise...the party of NO strikes again.
    Who wants his vote anyways? He'll be voted out next election cycle anyways. I think for his next career move, he can easily be a star at UglyPeople.com

    July 17, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Bit

    Not surprising........................he's a southern senator.

    July 17, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Kathy

    No white person, male or female could of got by with a statement like she made. But because she is a liberal, all is to be forgiven. Double standards just like all liberals use. She'll get in but she'll prove to be a female Obama...you know promise them anything when you are running for office and do what you were really going to do all along once you get elected. You know I think they call that lying.

    July 17, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Helen, NY

    Good job, Mitch. I remember what democrats did to Miguel Estrada. Hispanic voters know it very well.

    July 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. S M R

    Looks like this guy could use a nice stiff drink.

    July 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Dan, TX

    I wonder who is upset on Mitch's vote. Are they all; white males? I am a white male so I will never vote for such racist wise Latina. I do not care what education and experience she has. She cannot be impartial on the nation's highest court. Thank you Mitch and other sensible senators. I wish you all well to fight for justice.

    July 17, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Ted Tartaglia

    McConnell would vote against Jesus Christ if he was nominated by a Democrat so what else is new. This leader of the Party of NO is nothing but a hypocritical demagogue. He seems to judge everyone by himself so how could he endorse anyone.

    These sanctimonious Republicans are amusing to say the least. There is little wonder why fewer and fewer voters are willing to identify themselves as Republicans.

    July 17, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. JAY

    Democrats have beat the Republicans in the art of nasty
    remarks and bigotry

    July 17, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. James

    This old biggot has been out of touch for ever!

    July 17, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Bruce

    Why are you accusing him of racism, he voted for Thomas? Why are you accusing of him being anti-feminist when he voted for Ginnsburg? Please explain to me how his reading of her writtren decisions and her written words should not disqualify her. Bork who was more qualified than any justice before or since and was voted against not for his judicial decisions but for his writings.
    And Sotomayor is the one who brought race into the process by her poor decision about the firemen. One of which was a hispanic man. you say all of those firemen were white, yet clearly at least one was not. Her decision was racist and worse, she refused to explain her decision. That is whay the supreme court agreed tro hear the case, because there was no signature on the decision and no comments. She wants to go back and change her questionable comments when brought up by saying that was not what she meant. Sorry, it doesn't work that way. She has made some poor and biased decisions, and McConnell has every right to oppose her.

    July 17, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. daley

    Mitch McConnell is pathetic. I hope he voted against Alito when Alito said that his life experiences and who he was as a person influenced the way he thought and judged during his opening statements of his confirmation hearings. But, he didn't because Alito was nominated by Bush and McConnell is playing party politics. McConnell should be shipped off to Iran.

    July 17, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. johnnie

    A man with no LIPS,can only vote NO....... who cares ... i mean come on, it is already confirmed SOTOMAYOR........

    July 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Ben in Texas

    As an old white man from Texas, I know a lot of guys like Mitch the Twitch. Some people here say he's got courage. He's shaking in his loafers and soiling his undies over this. Look at that face and tell me he's not one scared dude.

    Gotta satisfy his racist, sexist base and still try to look senatorial at the same time. He'll do what it takes to hold onto his job, even at the expense of being ridiculed and loathed by the majority of the country for the thin veil of righteousness that he hides his wimpy racism behind.

    They weren't able to pin anything on this fine woman jurist, so Mitch grabs hold of a meager excuse to oppose her, and then he tries to make it sound like he's done a fine thing for America by opposing her. Such a joke. Makes me want to call him Ronald McConnell.

    July 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. curious

    What else could the senate leader of the party of no say besides "NO?"

    July 17, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Bussta Brown

    What a surprise!

    July 17, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Candy West Virginia

    But you didn't oppose bush bankrupting this country or lying to us to start a war!

    July 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Milligee

    I hope the Latina's take note of the GOP's actions.

    July 17, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. FOMER republican, NEVER again!

    As a white suburbanite male who used to vote republican until I realized they were evil, I have come to see how racists this country is. Alot of republicans won't even look at President Obama objectively because they cannot accept the fact that he is a black man, no matter how intelligent or educated he is, they will not accept it. Nor can they accept anyone of color. You guys say what you like but your racism shows clearly. Your pathetic and base.

    July 17, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Voice of reason

    Wow. What a surprise (NOT). I guess he doesn't like "radical" judges, unless they're on his side of the aisle.

    July 17, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. C.K.

    Typical of the GOP, I wouldn't expect anything less from those racist, hypocritical biggots. The GOP is so out of touch with reality. I'm not surprised this came from an old white guy.

    July 17, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Doug

    Of course he'll vote against her. He is one of that ever-shrinking (thankfully), endangered species: aging, paunchy, angry, white men.

    July 17, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Voice of reason

    Said Bobby G, earlier in the day:

    She was nominated becasue of her skin color. I applaud anyone who opposes such appointments.

    I hope you opposed Clarence Thomas on the same grounds, Bobby.

    July 17, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. both sides

    While McConnell says her written statements are the problem, I can think of only one statement (albeit a non-written one) that could be problematic... "Wise Latina Woman" ... In my opinion, the republican party, whose values are similar to my own, is terrified. They're powerless, overwhelmed politically, and are unfortunately making so many critical comments and judgments on everything possible that they are making themselves look like complete and utter idiots. Whether they are idiots or not, I can't say, but they are making so much useless noise about everything, for example,McConnell's statement, that they are now rather like squawking chickens who I am frankly sick of listening to. If you have a reason to protest, then protest. Don't do so because you're politically paralyzed with only your voicebox intact.

    July 17, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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