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

McConnell to vote against Sotomayor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/12/art.mitch0512.gi.jpg caption=" 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.

Filed under: Mitch McConnell • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. DA

    I am not surprised at all!!!
    It is time to impose term limits on the members of Congress!!!
    These guys get in office and in time they are not representing the people interest, but their own!!!

    July 17, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Ken, Arizona

    This is why putting the GOP back in the majority scares the hell out of most Americans.

    July 17, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. yadda

    is anyone surprised. i hope the state and it's people start voting these old geseir's out. there so smugg like they own the world and what they say goes. vote them out. i like her and hope she get nominated. she's a smart woman. and no i am not black or latino, i'm white. she would be good for the lot of them. more women, she be on the judicial group.

    July 17, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Barry

    White men have a hard enough time trying to get a job with the uneven playing field. I hope that she is not elected and able to bring more dicrimination through her decisions down on whites. Equality means that everyone is equal and not reverse dicrimination to right a few distant past wrongs.

    July 17, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Ian

    scared white guy, "oh no the world is crumbling down, the oppressed white man never gets his way".
    Hey Mitch your ugly and really goofy looking. this is the guy we all picked on in elementary school, look at his face he looks like he should still be in elementary school. Hey republicans, you are going nowhere with your ugly politicians, it may seem superficial but its true ugly, goofy faced people do not get elected. mcconnel, huckabee, michael steele, that big fat southern gov who i forgot about, all of them are way to ugly to be elected. palin and romney are the only chances that you have and one is a mormon and the other is a woman. haha, good luck with that. you can get elected being a weirdo religion or an angry woman, that will not work.

    July 17, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Gene from Georgia

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

    Oh really, Bobby? Then I suppose you opposed Clarence Thomas.

    July 17, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Nevada dude

    McConnel is full of beans. He clearly didnt see the same confirmation hearing that everyone else did. I guess that's what happens when you are tonsils deep with the NRA!

    July 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |


    July 17, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. CCook

    That is why he is in the Senate and she is headed for the Supreme Court. His brain cells are atrophied and he is unable to acknowledge the bigger picture. I hope God sends him a wise Latina to take care of him in the nursing home someday.,

    July 17, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. Pete

    McConnell, God told you to vote for Sotomayor, follow your Christian
    belief, please

    July 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Carnell

    Oh! It's Mitch "Turtle-Neck" McConnell And The Minions Of The Good Ol' Boys All White Country Club. Nobody Should Be Surprised By His Decision At All, I'll At Least Give Him For Admiting It.

    July 17, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  12. john

    Has anyone noticed that the GOP and the Democratic leadership are a joke. NONE of them can spell "leadership" and the certainly can't provide it.

    July 17, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. The Shrooming Liberal

    What a sad pathetic little man! He ensign coburn inhofe sanford and dare i say it Palin should be banished from this country.

    July 18, 2009 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
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