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Republicans Say Sotomayor Questionnaire Incomplete, Request More Information

By Jerry Markon
Senate Republicans are requesting more documents and copies of speeches from Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, saying the questionnaire she submitted was incomplete and left out key information.

In a letter sent to Sotomayor today, the seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee criticized what they called "apparent omissions" in the voluminous questionnaire the federal judge filled out in conjunction with her nomination. The White House released the questionnaire last week, along with copies of 84 Sotomayor speeches.

The letter on Judiciary Committee stationary says Sotomayor failed to provide records of 98 additional speeches. "We are particularly troubled because there may well be transcripts available for certain remarks," the letter said, citing one 2004 speech the committee was able to find online.

The Senators said the nominee omitted details of her employment record and copies of law review articles she edited, and that she still needs to provide information on 17 cases she prosecuted while working as an assistant district attorney in New York in the early 1980s. They also criticized Sotomayor for what they said was her membership in a group, the Belizean Grove, that discriminates on the basis of sex.

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The Republican statement says "We are particularly troubled ....". Yes, indeed you are & you should be. Obama seems to hit your party with knockout punches every single day. So please, go ahead & call Judge Sotomayor's work "incomplete". Question her in every way you can for as long as you can. We need you to get every Hispanic in the country mad enough to get out & vote Democratic in the Midterm elections. Hey Senator Cornyn, just how many Hispanic voters are there in Texas anyway? President Obama pitched you a hot potato. Go for it!

Posted by: JoeNTx | June 11, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

If you're going to lie, jerzy, you might at least put a little effort into it.

Posted by: nodebris | June 11, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Affirmative action has sadly become a synonym for incompetence.

In all honesty, Obama and Sotomayor are both junior college material, at best.

Obama never had a single job offer our of law school, never passed the bar exam (either flunked or never bothered to try), and he never actually practiced law in Illinois or anywhere. He was a pretend law professor at U. of Chicago.

Sotomayor has done somewhat better, but according to The New Republic, her own clerks concede that she is not very bright.

Posted by: Jerzy | June 11, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if any male members of the Supreme Court belong to the Bohemian Grove or other old boy's network organization. For that matter I wonder if any of the Republican Senators who are objecting to Sotomayor's membership in its female counterpart belong to the Bohemian Grove.

Posted by: akahidden | June 11, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to announce that JakeD AKA James W. von Brunn will not be with us today.

Posted by: thinman1 | June 11, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse


She has described her own education as "affirmative action" -- a lot more will come out before the hearing -- which is why the Dems want to speed it up. The new Court term doesn't even start until October. What's the rush?

Posted by: JakeD | June 11, 2009 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Sotomayor is not a "racist"Look at her record and judge for yourselves:
here it is with links:

Tom Goldstein of conducted a much-cited
study of the 96 race-related cases that have come before her. She ruled against the plaitiffs who were claiming racial discrimination in all but 4 of those cases.

Like almost all judges, she has rejected a vast majority of the claims of racial discrimination that came to her.

She dissented from her colleagues in only four of those cases. And in only one of them did she find racial discrimination where they did not. Even with what she calls her “Latina soul,” she
saw almost every case pretty much as they did. "

also see:

Those who says she is a "racist" are shpwing their ignorance of her record. Apparently they prefer that talk radio fools do their research for them-how sad.

Posted by: dcucich | June 11, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Apparently it's too hard for their staffs to look up the Yale Law Review that Sotomayor edited, and that the Republicans claim they need.

The nomination has to be held up so these volumes can be hand-delivered to this apparently handicapped group? Perhaps they can be helped by a few law students.

Posted by: thmas | June 10, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I think that Obama should forward the appointment of Sotomayor in the same way the republicans have been doing theirs during the Bush years. Namely, bend over minority party and spread your cheeks this won't be so bad. Presto! Another female in the supremes.

Posted by: seemstome | June 10, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"Your Taxes your Honor...

We are still waiting to see where you ever Paid any!" ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 10, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse


Senora Sotomayer;

Como se "La-RAZA"?

Inquiring "Non-Racist" Minds;

want to know!

"Por Que?"

Maybe because the very thought of a Supreme Court Justice belonging to a Group out to promote that Group;

does not imply "Impartiality"! :-(

FAR from IT!

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 10, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The only pressure in this case is from your hydrocephalus JakeD.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 10, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Not everyone is willing to overlook a distinguish judicial career to satisfy their need to be self-rightous and myopically focus on abortion. Abortion is not illegal so there is nothing wrong with a judge holding opinions that it is a civil rights issue.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 10, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, a few pro-life Democrats can be convinced to vote against her confirmation.

Posted by: JakeD | June 10, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Judge Sotomayor, from what I have learned about her past, has faced many challenges; that her being patient --submitting what is requested and finally to be confirmed is but a small hoop to jumb.

As is said by my many of great wisdom, when times become difficult: "This too shall pass."

I look to see her pass this test and move on to contribute to this nation in a truly meaningful way.

Posted by: Victoria5 | June 10, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the pressure, GOP!!!

Posted by: JakeD | June 10, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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