Liberal Groups Release Ad Backing Sotomayor
By Jerry Markon
Liberal groups wasted no time today in trying to build support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, launching a 30-second television ad extolling her credentials and personal story.
The ad, which began running this morning on network and cable news stations, was unveiled by the Coalition for Constitutional Values, a new grouping of leading liberal advocacy groups. It cost "six figures," and will run for a week, according to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, one of three groups co-chairing the coalition. The others are Alliance for Justice and People For the American Way.
Sotomayor, a longtime federal judge who is now on the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, was nominated Tuesday by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David H. Souter. If confirmed, she will become the nation's first Hispanic justice.
Set to inspirational music, the new ad features Obama's voice as Sotomayor's credentials flash over a blue background amid pictures of the smiling judge. Sotomayor is called "principled" and "fair-minded,'' and the onscreen text points out that she was first appointed to the federal bench by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991.
"This spot introduces the American people to Judge Sonia Sotomayor,'' said Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. "It's important that they understand her fair-minded approach to the law, which is grounded both in her eminent legal qualifications and her life experiences."
The ad is part of a broader public education campaign -- with the specifics still to be determined -- that the coalition is planning about Sotomayor. It echoes the strategy of some conservative groups, who last week launched a website with videos attacking Sotomayor and two other finalists for the nomination.
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May 27, 2009; 1:18 PM ET
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