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Liberal Group Releases Spanish-Language Web Ad Praising Sotomayor

By Jerry Markon
The campaign to confirm the woman who may become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice is now being waged in Spanish.

A liberal advocacy group today posted a Web video in Spanish extolling Sonia Sotomayor’s credentials and urging viewers to call their U.S. senators to support her. President Obama on Tuesday nominated Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge in New York, to succeed retiring Justice David H. Souter.

“We put it up to explain her qualifications, especially to a population that would be really interested in that,’’ said Lauren Weiner, a spokeswoman for Americans United for Change, which produced the 55-second Web ad. “Obviously, her being potentially the first Hispanic justice is something that would be especially of interest to native Spanish speakers in this country.’’

The ad features an announcer reciting Sotomayor’s biography as pictures of her flash on the screen amid a background of a fluttering American flag and the Supreme Court’s majestic columns. It notes that she was first appointed to the federal bench by Republican President George H.W. Bush and says: “As a judge, she has been fair, protecting both the Constitution and the rights of all Americans.’’

Weiner said links to the ad have been sent to Spanish-language media, but she was unsure how else it will be distributed. “We aren’t putting any money behind this yet,’’ she said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 28, 2009; 7:40 PM ET
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