The office of Republican Senator Dick Lugar (IN) just released a statement this morning on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor:
“I have listened to the testimony of Judge Sonia Sotomayor before the Senate Judiciary Committee, carefully reviewed her public service record, and reviewed recommendations from Indiana constituents and colleagues here in the Senate. Judge Sotomayor is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and she has demonstrated a judicial temperament during her week-long nomination hearing. Judge Sotomayor has had a distinguished career of public service. She is well regarded in the legal community and by her peers. I will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.”
I expect a number of Republican Senators to come forward in the next few days and voice their support for Judge Sotomayor.
Couple that with the fact that–according to Senator Sessions–there won’t be a filibuster against Judge Sotomayor and it becomes clear that Sonia Sotomayor will be the next Supreme Court Associate Justice.
UPDATE: Republican Sen. Mel Martinez’ (FL) office just released this statement:
“Given her judicial record, and her testimony this week, it is my determination that Judge Sotomayor is well-qualified to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
“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.
“Judge Sotomayor’s rise to the Supreme Court is testimony to the fact that the American dream continues to be attainable. 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.”
UPDATE II: Sen. Olympia Snow (R-ME) has announced her support for Sotomayor; predictably, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced his opposition:
A senior aide says Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell plans to announce his opposition to President Barack Obama’s high court nominee on Monday.
He says her statements show an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice, and that he’s worried she’d let her sympathies and prejudices interfere with her decisions as a justice.
McConnell is weighing in as Sotomayor starts to win GOP supporters after a smooth performance at her confirmation hearings. Sens. Richard Lugar of Indiana, Mel Martinez of Florida and Olympia Snowe of Maine all announced Friday they would vote for Sotomayor.