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Brownback has 'serious concerns' about Sotomayor


Sen. Sam Brownback's meeting on Wednesday with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor did not quell any of the conservative Kansas senator's concerns about her judicial philosophy.

"I wanted to hear more from her as I have serious concerns about her philosophy as it relates to an activist judiciary," Brownback said Thursday in a statement.

Senate Republicans have complained about the timing of the July 13 start date for the appellate judge's confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee. They say senators need more time to review her record.

Brownback met with her Wednesday afternoon in the Capitol. Since President Barack Obama nominated her in May to replace retiring Justice David Souter, conservatives have voiced concerns on a Sotomayor quote about the role of the appellate court.

"As Chief Justice John Roberts said, a justice should be an impartial umpire, not a player in the game. I am afraid Judge Sotomayor wants to be more of a player than an umpire," Brownback said.

He and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., voted against elevating Sotomayor to be an appellate judge in 1998.


Paul R Getto 8 years, 11 months ago

The R's have some ranting to do, but she'll end up on the court and make a fine judge. Her record over her career seems pretty well balanced. The following book is a balanced discussion of the latest hot button: The Myth of Judicial Activism Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions If activism means overturning precedents, the 'conservatives' are ahead of the 'liberals' in recent times. Of course, if nothing ever changes, as Ms. Goldberg said, "Do I have to go back to being a slave?"

sinverguenza 8 years, 11 months ago

Well I have serious concerns about Brownback, but nobody cares.

Kathy Theis-Getto 8 years, 11 months ago

sinverguenza (Anonymous) says…

Well I have serious concerns about Brownback, but nobody cares.

Me, too. Like, mortification of the flesh, elitism, misosygny, and the list goes on.............................

Kathy Theis-Getto 8 years, 11 months ago


That was not nice. Now how am I going to get that out of my head?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 11 months ago

I have a serious problem with Sam Brownback. So there!

JayCat_67 8 years, 11 months ago

Isn't Ann Coulter like the female Skeletor or something?

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