May 27th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
14 years ago

Ohio Democrats hope to capitalize off Sotomayor pick

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Jennifer Brunner is running for Senate in Ohio, but faces a tough primary contest against Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher."](CNN) - With President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to sit on the Supreme Court, both Democrats and Republicans see an opportunity to rally their respective bases.

Now, two Democrats running for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat in 2010 are seizing on the chance to score points with liberals and party activists - the kind of people who vote in Democratic primaries - by pledging to "to help lead the fight for the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor."

Ohio Senate candidate Jennifer Brunner, seeking an edge in what's expected to be tough primary contest against Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, sent an e-mail to supporters on Wednesday asking them to thank President Obama for nominating Sotomayor and commit themselves to help her confirmation succeed.

Brunner, Ohio's Secretary of State, notes that like Sotomayor, she is also "a Democrat, a woman, a former judge myself, and most of all, an American."

Her e-mail follows a Tuesday note from Fisher, who praised the Sotomayor selection as "a proud moment for our country" and asked his backers to sign a message "in support of an orderly and civil confirmation process for Judge Sotomayor."

Both candidates' e-mails link to campaign Web pages that solicit donations and e-mail addresses, which will likely be used to refine their lists of voters to contact as next year's primary approaches.

STORY UPDATED at 5:55 PM EST to include Fisher's e-mail.

Filed under: Lee Fisher • Ohio • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The Republicans call on a judicial nominee to be impartial, to follow the law and avoid creating policy through interpretation of the law and following ones own agenda. Yet, they as Republicans, refuse to be impartial, refuse to avoid party politics and agenda, and follow the dictates of an unAmerican shock jock Rush " Tokyo Rose " Limbaugh. Hipocrisy in it's most fundamental form. Next, they will publish comments she made in other peoples yearbooks in high school as examples of her supposed bias. Next election people we can stop all of this.....

    May 27, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. vette66

    Looks like the gun buying will pick up some more speed. The socialist will get rid of the 2 amendment one way or another. That way only the Chicago mob and the gangs will have the guns.
    Guess you lefties got your hope for change government in place.
    Have a great day while you can.

    May 27, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Gymo

    I think the GOP needs to fight hard and and block her nomination.
    Democrats on the other hand should force the Republicans to stand in the Senate and fillibuster for days, so the Hispanic voting block will see Republicans in action.

    I have been asking myself this question for awhile: Is Rush Limbaugh and Hannity and the other rightwing loonytunes working for Obama? because they are doing a good job helping Obama destroy the GOP.

    May 27, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Matt

    Can any of you liberals explain what her qualifications are besides race and gender? Why are you so incapable of judging a person based on merits and accomplishments?

    Why is it all about the window dressing with liberals?

    May 27, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    Gymo, you might be on to something.

    May 27, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Democrats are American Al Quaeda.

    Wasn't Brunner the one doing underhanded election sheanigans in Ohio? She should be cleaning up her house.

    I don't remember the liberals saying that they Democrats should call off the dogs against Clarence Thomas or the hispanic judges Bush nominated.

    May 27, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. New Yorker

    This was for a different topic but it was moderated out; just hought I'd try again.
    Our laws came from Biblical teaching. Even marriage originated from the bible. It seems that some would think our laws should come from hell; I suppose we are turning in that direction. If you want to stray from Biblical teaching then why not go as far as some would like – perhaps marriage between a man and animal or whatever despicable fantasy man can come up with? Why not? Shouldn't we all have the right to choose? Some people think cold -blooded murder is alright. How about that? Who are you to tell them it's wrong? The Good Book was given to us to protect us from our own evil desires; the problem is, too many people just can't grasp that. Surprise me CNN and post this one, please.

    May 27, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. David

    Lee Fisher actually sent out an email praising Sotomayor's nomination first, I got it yesterday.

    May 27, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Lisa in Shelton CT

    I'm disgusted by the folks talking about how Sotomayor will now use reverse racism – the comment being used to scare the white people. C'mon people, wouldn't the reverse of racism be using broad-mindedness, fairness, open-mindedness, and tolerance? Would these not be good qualities for a Supreme Court Justice or senator? I don't understand how, but I've clearly seen that the GOP is indeed against tolerance.

    GO get 'em, Sotomayor and Jenn Brunner too!

    May 27, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Matt May 27th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

    Can any of you liberals explain what her qualifications are besides race and gender? Why are you so incapable of judging a person based on merits and accomplishments?

    OK Matt...give us some facts...her qualifications are public record ..lets hear your arguement...

    May 27, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Lisa in Shelton CT

    No the window dressing lacking credentials was that freaky Harriet Miers.

    May 27, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Democrats are American Al Quaeda.

    I know people who have been in their jobs for 30 years, but they still suck at their job. I now know of one more.

    May 27, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Simmy

    Go ahead and inject her name....Why not? It certainly won't hurt.....Hope it works.....Huckabee uses Michael Steele's name to try and score against Democrats.......Judge Sotomayor's name carries a lot of weight and prestige...It stands for something genuine.....

    May 27, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. The Broker.

    And I'm faster than Bill Curtis: Who's he? Capitalise on Capital Hill?

    The Fall of the House of Husher's.. Will make the Biggest Bang ever! for Borack Obama.

    May 27, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. James C of Savannah, Ga

    Man I love liberal white folks, as a black man I realize that white man's rule over this country is coming to an end, and they are dumb enough to support it

    May 27, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Big Bill

    The Republicans should pull out all of the stops in trashing her. No blow should be too low. Get into the gutter. Show your true colors.

    May 27, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Buffalo Bill

    Well all I need to know about Sonia is that she is a "Woman of color", and therefore she has my support!

    Just wondering....would a Caucasian woman in Puerto Rico, or Kenya, or Vietnam, or Yemen, or Pakistan, be considered a "Woman of color'? How does that work?

    May 27, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. The Broker.

    Kwua Tayari?????

    May 27, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Republicans are the American Taliban

    New Yorker May 27th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

    FYI...marriage didn't originate in the Bible. The bible is a collection of stories written hundreds of years after the events they are addressing and edited by the Catholic Church to comply with their agenda. That's like saying bank robberies originate in the newspaper.

    May 27, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Alicia

    Brunner is no Sotomayor!

    May 27, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Democrats are American Al Quaeda.

    Jennifer Brunner, just another liberal crook in office.

    May 27, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. No Hope

    lookie, another crook riding coattails

    May 27, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. phoenix86

    Dear "Republicans are the American Taliban";

    Please get educated about basic political and economic issues of the day. Your tired hypocritical rantings show more of your ignorance than any arguement you think you are making.

    May 27, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Kyle

    Dear Dems,
    You're racist. No racist justice should be allowed to become U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayor must withdraw her nomination now.

    May 27, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. AK

    Where is the Republican brain?

    May 27, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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