Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) became the fourth Republican Senator to endorse Solicitor General Elena Kagans bid to become the next Supreme Court justice on Wednesday, saying that she has a clear reputation for a sound judicial temperament.
In a statement released by her office, Snowe said, After a careful and considered review of Elena Kagans testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her overall record, and my personal meeting with her, I have concluded that General Kagan should be confirmed. Kagans nomination is set to go before the Senate next week; she is expected to be confirmed.
Snowe pointed to the broad support Kagan, now the solicitor general, has received from conservatives and liberals alike, as well as numerous former solicitors general.
Ms. Kagan has won the support of all ten Solicitors General who have served since 1985, including five Republican appointees. ... Indeed by all accounts including those from conservative former Solicitors General Ken Starr and Ted Olson, and Assistant Solicitor General Miguel Estrada General Kagan has a clear reputation for a sound judicial temperament, according to Snowes statement.
Snowe joins Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dick Lugar (Ind.) and Susan Collins (Maine) in endorsing Kagans installment on the bench.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.