July 27th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Sessions to 'withhold...consent' on Sotomayor

Judge Sotomayor was greeted by Sen. Patrick Leahy, center, and Sen. Sessions, right, during her recent confirmation hearings.
Judge Sotomayor was greeted by Sen. Patrick Leahy, center, and Sen. Sessions, right, during her recent confirmation hearings.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Monday that he will not vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

In an op-ed published in Monday's USA Today, Sessions concedes that Sotomayor "will likely be confirmed." But the Alabama Republican says that "as someone who cares deeply about our great heritage of law, I must withhold my consent."

Sessions says he had decided not to support Sotomayor because of three decisions he finds troubling: a 2006 private property decision, her 2008 New Haven firefighters decision, and a 2009 decision about gun rights.

"These rulings have three things in common," Sessions writes in the newspaper. "Each was contrary to the Constitution. Each was decided in a brief opinion, short on analysis. And each was consistent with liberal political thought."

Sessions is the third Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to announce his opposition to Sotomayor. He joins Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Texas Sen. John Cornyn. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, another Republican on the committee, has announced he will vote for Sotomayor. The committee is expected to vote Tuesday on Sotomayor's confirmation.


Filed under: Jeff Sessions • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Shirley 61

    Does anyone expect any of these repubs to do the right thing on any issue presented to them by this president? I don't. I just hope the American people wake up and see who in Washington is pushing and promoting hatred and greed, and that they realize that that is no way for us to succeed as a country or a people.

    July 27, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Crock

    politics....politics....politics....why am I not surprised...heres another promise from the electorate...to go with your other'special interests'...we won't forget either...How does it feel to be between a rock and a hard place?

    July 27, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. carlo

    No one cares what Sessions thinks.

    July 27, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Career Limiting

    Everyone that votes against Sotomayor is declaring they never hope for national office or upward mobility as a leader in nationally oriented institutions like Congress

    July 27, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. gl, From Pittsburgh

    If you are not black are latin, then you cannot understand who we feel about the Repubicans party. First the birther and this. The Repubicans party is really showing blacks and latiana how racist their party is toward minoirty. There is no good reason to not vote for Sotmayor other then her race. Repubicans Party is their own worst enemy. I am black and I don't really care about the Party of No and Racist no more then the rest of blacks.

    July 27, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    Please GOP, just because most of her judgements have been overturned once they reached the supreme court; just because she's made racist comments over the past 10 years; just because she's not qualified to sit on the court is no reason not to vote for her.

    She's a bigot, but she's our kind of bigot.

    Regards,

    B. Obama

    July 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. tim

    I agree about CNN firing Lou Dobbs; he rants against Obama are getting beyond weird and paranoid. When CNN has Howie Kuritz say how bad a star his own network is you know things are out whack. But Steve's comment has no place in this story.

    July 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. xavier

    Yet another republican bends over over the coffee table and takes it from the NRA. What a bunch of gutless sissies.

    July 27, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Henry Miller

    "These rulings have three things in common," Sessions writes in the newspaper. "Each was contrary to the Constitution. Each was decided in a brief opinion, short on analysis. And each was consistent with liberal political thought."

    Exactly! Sotomayor has attempted to justify her racial bias as "empathy," but the bias alone is sufficient to disqualify her as a Supreme Court justice.

    July 27, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    I am thankful we have people in this country that research, analyze, and give opinion...and then incorporate it into their powerful decision making...that is a gift from God....but the the real hand of power lies in the Almighty and if it is his will for her to lead this court that it will be. I will be praying for what is best for our courntry and that your hearts are led to do what is right.

    July 27, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Johnny DC

    Obama did the same exact thing for Roberts and Alito.

    GET OVER YOURSELVES, YOU ARROGANT ELITIST LIBERALS.

    You think you're way is always right, without the facts, without precedents. Obama did the identical thing Sessions is doing, only worse. Sessions isn't advocating a filibuster like your boy Obama did.

    If you think Sessions is a racist, then Obama is Hitler.

    July 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Joe

    This is a campain to slander anybody who doesn't want this women with poor judical choice to get elected to the highest court just because she his hipanic and just like Barack anybody who doesn't agree with her will be met with the same fate.

    July 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. rostook

    more wasted time on nonsense. This person will ultimately get into her appointed by the president's office anyway.

    July 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Marty, FL

    Sen. Sessions is demonstrating a classic case of projection from his failed attempt at confirmation in the 80's and simply affirms the Party of No.

    July 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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