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. Willy Brown

    This was a race baited pick by the democrats.

    May 27, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. DaBird

    Soto's idol at Yale was head of the Socialist Party. Welcome to Obamaconomics.

    May 27, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Ohioboy

    Jennifer Brunner is the worst kind of patronizing political hack to hit the campaign trail in a long time. It is politicians like her that will provide the GOP an opening to breath life into its stiff corpse. She makes Nancy Pelosi look articulate and genuine. Yes, she was involved in all kinds of partisan political games during the last presidential election, as was her Republican predecessor during W's last campaign. Her legal argument, which was supported by the courts, was that she was required by law to compare new registrations with the last known addresses or other infromation, but wasn't then required to do anything when it was discovered that there were discrepencies. She also accepted registrations of people who had park benches as their address. She's great!!

    May 27, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Dawn

    Democrats are racist, think who voted for Obama. I am white and I try to understand how they feel... Oh I am part Cherokee...

    May 27, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    phoenix86 – I've read your nonsensical posts for a while now and am still amazed that dribble gets posted. Atleast 'Republicans are the American Taliban' bases his on facts and not lush limpaugh talking points like you do.

    May 27, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Republicans are the American Taliban

    When the law is against argue the facts.

    When the facts are against argue the law.

    When the law and facts are against attack the integrity of your accuser ...

    May 27, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. annie for Palin

    How can this woman call herself an American when she helped the cheating on the votes during the presidential campaign?

    May 27, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    To CNN......... Its getting so annoying to have my comments deleted and not posted.

    Obviously, CNN is becoming the next.......... Faux News.

    May 27, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    @ MATT............. I answered your question about Sotomayor....... but CNN wont post my answers to you.

    Perhaps MATT you need to do your own research on the judge, starting with the FACT that in 1992 when GEORGE HW BUSH nominated her to the Appellate Court, she was CONFIRMED by the GOP Congress without ......... opposition!

    May 27, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Denise

    The GOP have a base?

    May 27, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Cynthia - Arkansas

    What is wrong with you people? All I see are a bunch of ignorant rants. Who is paying you people to get on here and spew ridiculous Republican talking points. Go over to FOX, you're more than welcome there. Facts don't matter there.

    May 27, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Pete


    Why is it that when conservatives are out of power, they make veiled threats of violence towards people they politically disagree with.

    When you start your post with a statement about needing to buy guns and conclude with "have a great day while you can", a reasonable person might conclude that you are making threats.

    I guess that jerkwad who shot at children in a Unitarian Church in Knoxville because he "wanted to kill liberals" is your personal hero, eh what Vette?

    May 27, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Tatianna

    For the past eight years dems has called President Bush Hitler. Now they are calling reps the American Taliban. Yet, Obama promised to change the tone, doesnt this give the opposition control over whether he keeps his promise, and therefore an incentive to be disagreeable? It is politically unfortunate, given that dems has been trying to demobilize the opposition and are so ready to demonize those who disagree with them. Dems scapegoating is an exact prescription for whipping up mobs-by race, gender, by ethnicity, by religion. A really effective manipulation and political manuver.

    May 27, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Peter (CA)

    matt@ 5:15

    let's see...she was a district court judge and is now a judge on the court of appeals...pretty typical qualifications for a judge moving up to the Supreme Court

    Why is she any different than anyone who has been elevated over the last 8 years or by Bush I?

    Window dressing? Wow, you right wingers seriously need to get a grip. If I remember correctly, Bush I compared Clarence Thomas to Thurgood Marshall. Yeah, we're the window dressers.

    May 27, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Michele

    vette, Yeah I am so impressed with the NRA loonies scaring their 'hunters' into stockpiling weapons. My God, do none of you care that men are killing their families because of the fear being perpetuated by the NRA, Glenn Beck, and Hannity? If there were ever a reason to enforce existing gun laws, the time is now. The 2nd amendment does not give you the right to buy assault rifles. If you'd read it, it gave communities the right to have a militia, you know, police, who were armed. I hope someone DOES take a look at the 2nd amendment before we turn into a war zone. But gee, the Republicans would all be safe behind their firearms...and we know they care little for anyone else's rights. Just the right of a Republican to do whatever he pleases and the heck with the rest of us. I still can't quite figure out how they can march for the unborn, but not blink at torture, the killing of innocents in Iraq, and the death penalty. Guess only babies are important to their God.

    May 27, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. fred

    To Lisa in Ct.

    I love how you used the word "tolerance." That's the liberal term that means that "No matter what people do, nothing should be punished and we should just accept whatever people want to do as being fine."

    Secondly, reverse racism is different than "the opposite of racism." I don't think I need to explain any more. Liberals are too dumb to learn anyways.

    May 27, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Ann

    phoenix86 – The political & economic problems which you reference were created by your President Bush. I love how the republicans think that less regulation is needed when it comes to businesses (that has done wonders for economy right now), but OK to tell people who they can'can't marry, what a woman can/can't do with her body, and when a person can/can't die.

    May 27, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. GuyInVA

    Dems are American Al Qaeda @ 5:17 PM,

    Yes, she is the one involved in election day shenanigans. She was an early victory in the democratic party's "Secretary of State Project." Along with her was was the SoS from Minnesota (remember, the state of Ventura and Franken). This project adheres to the Stalinist (surprise, surprise) ideology of "it doesn't matter who casts the votes... it's who counts the votes that matters" (or something to that effect). It is partially funded by ACORN.

    May 27, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. LindafromFlorida

    Just wanted to tell CNN...why dont you do more accurate reporting like quoting Sotomayor...or rather only quoting the first part and not the second...considering it takes on a whole different meaning when the quote is done correctly...glad I watch MSNBC...least I get the whole facts there. Do your dang job. Geeeeeze........

    May 27, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. JERRY

    Why is CNN and the Republicans taking Sotomayor's comments out of context ?
    CNN should know that to report on only a part of a statement is not the whole truth of that statement.
    Alido made similar comments earlier and it seemed alright at the time,
    But now that a Mexican female jurist makes similar statements it is somehow controversial and racist.
    One would hope that CNN might checks its facts more carefully than simply mirroring the Republicans self-serving rants.
    This is a high school tirad on the most basic level.

    May 27, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    Who cares. I hope Republicans will keep this senate seat in Ohio.

    May 27, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. LindafromFlorida

    Hey Matt, if you are so informed and smart...why dont you know her qualifications???? I do...but then Im just a dumb democrat and not a hypocritical repub....You sure represent the republ like them have their mouth in motion before they know the facts. And boy...all this tells me about the repub party is that they are prejiduce...good god a woman should get the job..and a can this happen??? You just let America know what the repub party is all about...narrow minded and prejiduced against everyone that doesnt think like them.

    May 27, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. German,Irish American

    Where was all the liberal and media love for Alberto Gonzolas, who rose from far worse conditions than Sotomayor, while Democrats were trashing him daily? How about Judge Alito? How about the DEMOCRATS filibustering the Bush nomination of Miguel Estrada for the Circuit Court of Appeals, the first and ONLY time a fillibuster was ever used to block a nomination at this level. From Wikipedia- Democratic internal memos to Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin mention special interest groups' desire to keep Estrada off the court because his Latino heritage made him "especially dangerous" as a potential supreme court nominee. The hypocrispy of the left, and the refusal of the MSM to report the facts about Obama and the Democrats agenda, is totally disgusting.

    May 27, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Sarah Smith

    HYPOCRISY always manages to raise it's adorable little head

    we don't need supreme court justices of highest calibre

    just only be they politically STRATEGIC

    (CLARENCE was politically strategic! with libido too)

    I supported Obama as the BEST candidate and

    the MOST CAPABLE..

    why didn't he pick a SUPREMELY INTELLIGENT


    soon enough,

    Big Bird will be able to interpret the CONSTITUTION

    May 27, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Terry

    For those who imagine that marriage was invented in the Bible, you are admitting that you have never read it. Ancient cultures in Egypt, India, and China that pre-dated Jewish history for thousands of years had the custom of marriage. In the Old Testament, romantic love is not mentioned at all. Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, and others had more than one wife, yet the anonymous authors of the Bible did not criticize them for polygamy. Solomon, who had an enviable 700 wives and 300 concubines is presented in the Bible as the wisest of all men. The prophet Nathan tells us that if David's many wives had been insufficient for him, God would have provided more.

    In the New Testament, romantic love is condemned. Paul recommends that marriage be avoided and that husbands and wives live chastely together and refrain from having children. The New Testament has kind words for children, but no kind words for any method of producing them.

    May 27, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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