July 17th, 2009
03:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Two more Republicans pledge support for Sotomayor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/17/art.snowe0716.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Olympia Snowe announced Friday her support for Sonia Sotomayor."](CNN) - GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Mel Martinez of Florida Friday both publicly announced their support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, bringing the tally of Republican senators supporting Obama's pick to three.

"Judge Sotomayor is knowledgeable of the law, would be a fair and impartial judge, and seems to have a good understanding of the limited role the judiciary plays in our democracy," Martinez said in a statement.

Martinez, who was born in Cuba, also praised the historic nature of Sotomayor's nomination.
"As an Hispanic American, I take great pride in Judge Sotomayor's historic achievement. Given her qualifications and testimony this week, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation."

Snowe said in a statement she was impressed with Sotomayor's performance at the hearings. "She appears neither rigid nor dogmatic in her approach to the essential task of constitutional interpretation," Snowe said.

Earlier Friday, Indiana Republican Dick Lugar also announced his support of Sotomayor.

Filed under: Mel Martinez • Olympia Snowe • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. yuri

    Our vote for her too, but then it does not count and we do not care.

    July 17, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. tom

    Rush Limbaugh where are you. Martinez just sold out like Powell. When the Dems nominate a clan member I am sure Sessions will sell out.

    July 17, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Jon H

    This is hardly historic.

    July 17, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Chris

    No matter how you paint a barn, it's still a barn. That's the way the American taxpayer paints this lady ...... her original words were racist in nature and trying to 'rephrase' them will not change them. That's the way the NAACP so-called leaders treat a 'mistake' by a Caucasian and that's the way this person will be remembered, even if she is put into this powerful office.

    July 17, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. doro

    At least a few Republicans seem to understand the potential for national tragedy, even disaster, in their party's tactic of appealing to white rage and resentment in order to regain power over the next few election cycles. A few Republicans, however, are not enough to bring the party as a whole back to some form of sanity. Their ugly racial tactics (promoted by GOP hucksters like Limbaugh, Hannity and Buchanan) may gain them enough white votes in swing districts to narrow the margins in both houses of Congress; it could even, God help us all, win them back the White House in 2012. But the fact that they are willing to fan the flames of white hatred purely for the sake of political gain will go down in the history books as a truly dreadful turning point for America. You can see in the venomous comments of the GOP's white base a soul-sickness that will not be easily healed, and that will do awful damage to us all before the fever burns out.

    July 17, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Honest AB

    Wow, to read some of these blogs; I thought the republican party believed in people having their own opinons and voice. Boy, things sure does change fast when it not according to your own agenda.

    July 17, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Helen, NY

    This judge is biased and racist. Those who vote for her are ignorant and who have no knowledge of law. She does not deserve to be supreme court judge.

    July 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Yossi Gestetner

    Yeah: Snow should leave the Repub Party, and they should have someone run against her, and done

    July 17, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Andy

    Thanks, Olympia!

    This Independent Obama and Sotomayor fan thanks you and Arlen Specter!

    Maybe some other Reps will see the light, too!

    (BTW, Mrs. Moosehunter, good luck on that 2012 run for president!

    You betcha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Matches Malone

    I love it with the lib brings up the Klan. Your very own Robert Byrn is a former member. This Sotomayor is nothing to do with race (unless you ask Obama, because that's why he nominated her) ... it's about the view of a living Constitution versus the Originalist/Constructionist view point. The only question need asked of SC candidates is whether they will interpret as it was written when it was written, not the meaning of those words as they exist today.

    July 17, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Loup Garou 782

    Any and all those Republicans voting for that Latina woman should be defeated in there next election or at least run over by an 18 wheeler.

    July 17, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Alexander

    It is so funny to hear some conservatives complain that Snowe and Martinez are not real Republicans; that in fact they are Democrats in disguise and should leave the GOP. Well, I couldn't agree more, please let all the moderate Republicans get in the Democratic party... we tolerate all kinds of views 😉 And when the GOP will be done with their ideological cleansing, the Democrats will control the vast majority of congress and house!!

    July 17, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |

    Oh Dear!!! What a colamity this will be if she is boarded.

    July 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Steve, Columbia SC

    I see a quote saying Sotomayor "is thoughtful, demanding". As long as she's not thoughtful about ignoring the Constitution or demanding I give up my gun or rifle for personal defense.

    July 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The Republicans spit on Ms. Sotomayor for three days then praise her....

    July 17, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Steve, Columbia SC

    @Steve, in NC

    You're rather foolish to believe this nominee outsmarted the Republicans. She shelled out evasive non-responses all week. Her strategy was to stall, not say anything specific, and avoid any serious gaffes.

    July 17, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. hitobito

    It is obvious that Judge Sotomayor was smarter and knew the law better than anyone of the Republican senators! Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning have to vote no to cater to the bigots in their state of Kentucky. McConnell is at best a mediocre lawyer and Bunning was a jock with a minimal education. Compared to Judge Sotomayor, both are intellectually handicapped. They couldn't get into Princeton or Yale Law if their life depended on it!

    July 17, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. xavier

    You GOP supporters are just digging your own graves with your racist comments against women and hispanics. Relics who follow the views of people like Buchanan will soon be a thing of the past. So will the GOP if you arent careful.

    July 17, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. annie for Palin

    Wonder if all that black hair dye has soaked into snowes' brain.

    July 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. Dee, 1 Vote

    2 GOP, 1 Lady + 1 Latino – White GOP Men = Judge Sotomayor is my pick!

    July 17, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. The power be with you

    Thanks, Olympia, for having the courage to vote for what's best for the country and not just for what's best for a political party.

    July 17, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. m smith

    I am so sick of the repos I will never vote for any of them. They lost the election so get over it and start working to improve the country.

    July 17, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Larry

    I'm just curious which country the Republicans work for ...

    For it certainly is not America ...

    July 17, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. annie for Palin

    To Andy – specter left the repubbies already and snowe should also. obama has a whole warehouse full of these sotomayers – they are a dime a dozen – she is simply a smoke screen to cover them while they try to SNEAK government rationed health care and crap and tax thru on the American Taxpayer.

    July 17, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Peter

    The toothless bulldog! this party needs a clean new broom to clean the mess of the last eight years in power!

    July 17, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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