(CNN) – Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he will support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court:
Judge Sonia Sotomayor brought to the Judiciary Committee hearings an outstanding record academically, as a prosecutor and as a commercial lawyer plus 17 distinguished years as a federal judge. At the hearings she displayed intellect, restraint and judicial demeanor. As the third woman and the first Hispanic, she will add needed diversity to the Supreme Court.
“I intend to vote for her and urge my colleagues to do the same.”