Sessions to Oppose Sotomayor

Posted July 27, 2009 at 8:59am

Senate Judiciary ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has formally announced his opposition to Supreme Court hopeful Sonia Sotomayor, arguing in an editorial in Monday’s USA Today that he does not believe her repeated rejections of judicial activism.In the missive, Sessions largely sticks to the GOP’s standard criticisms of Sotomayor, focusing on a handful of her previous statements to make the case that she wouldn’t rule with impartiality. “Judge Sotomayor’s attempt to rebrand her previously stated judicial approach was, as one editorial page opined, uncomfortably close to disingenuous,’— Sessions wrote.“I don’t believe that Judge Sotomayor has the deep-rooted convictions necessary to resist the siren call of judicial activism. She has evoked its mantra too often. As someone who cares deeply about our great heritage of law, I must withhold my consent,— he added.Sessions’ opposition was not a surprise and comes just one day before the Judiciary Committee votes on her confirmation. The committee is expected to approve Sotomayor’s nomination and send the matter to the full Senate for consideration.