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.