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Rep. José E. Serrano on Sotomayor

Congressman José E. Serrano, of the Bronx, on the Sotomayor nomination:

"We have always talked about the need for diversity on the Supreme Court, and here we have a nominee who embodies it in so many ways,” said Serrano, who represents the Bronx in Congress, and has known Sotomayor for years. “The unique perspective of a Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx is something from which our Supreme Court will benefit greatly. As a result, our nation will also benefit from this new and refreshing viewpoint on our highest court.

“I have known Sonia Sotomayor for many years and I consider her a friend. I also believe that she is perhaps the best-qualified candidate that Obama could have selected. She has vast experience deciding tough cases in a fair and impartial manner, with a clear understanding that she, like other judges, is there to protect the rights of the American people, to ensure fairness and justice under the law, and to protect the values enshrined in our Constitution. When she is confirmed to the Supreme Court—which I am certain she will be—I believe that the American people will come to appreciate these qualities in her as well.

“I can’t help but add that the Bronx is bursting with pride to know that one of the kids from the neighborhood, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a Puerto Rican, a Bronxite has been honored with this nomination. We are so very proud today, because we know that Bronx values which center on family, hard work, faith, looking out for your neighbors, and treating people with respect, will now be on display in the one of the most powerful positions in the Federal government.”

By Paul Volpe  |  May 26, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
Categories:  Reaction , Supreme Court  
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