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Latino Groups Step Up Support of Sotomayor

Updated 5:04 p.m.
By Krissah Thompson
Latino advocacy groups are hoping to play a large role in support of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination by using the same get-out-the-vote tactics they employed during the presidential election.

The campaign, headed by Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary Coalition, includes mass e-mailings to members of large Latino civil rights groups, a pro-Sotomayor website that will be launched by the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund tomorrow and a public relations push that will include rapid-fire responses by Latino law professors to criticism of Sotomayor.

"We are going to be engaging the broader Latino population to let them know they can contact their senators and urge them to vote yes on Sotomayor," said the coalition's spokesman Estuardo Rodriguez.

Groups involved with Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary's push include the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Hispanic National Bar Association (of which Sotomayor is a member) and an organization of Latino law professors. Rodriguez said the coalition's goal is to “ensure that all of the information that is being put out there that is being used to criticize Sonia Sotomayor is challenged.”

Other Latino groups -- including the National Council of La Raza, of which Sotomayor is a former member -- have also lined up to defend the judge. NCLR has sent its members two messages outlining the most controversial criticisms of Sotomayor, such as comments by Newt Gingrich and former Colorado representative Tom Tancredo (R) calling the judge "racist." The group also launched a page on its website called "Stop the Nonsense" to swipe down criticisms of Sotomayor that they perceive as related to her ethnicity. And it is asking its members to send leading Republicans complaints about the way Sotomayor's nomination is being discussed by members of the GOP.

The latest addition to the "nonsense" -- as defined by NCLR -- was a column by a conservative commentator that compared Sotomayor to actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, said Lisa Navarette, NCLR's spokeswoman.

"Absolutely challenge her on her record. Disagree with her perspective on the court, that’s fair game. But saying that she is not qualified because of the way she pronounces her name or comparing her to the biggest pop star in the Latino community is demeaning to her," Navarette said. "Let's stop the nonsense."

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"Absolutely challenge her on her record. Disagree with her perspective on the court, that’s fair game. But saying that she is not qualified because of the way she pronounces her name or comparing her to the biggest pop star in the Latino community is demeaning to her," Navarette said. "Let's stop the nonsense."

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True words, and it does work both ways. Let it stand on her record and her perspective on legal issues not on race, sex, color, religion, or votes.

Posted by: zendrell | June 1, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Absolutely challenge her on her record. Disagree with her perspective on the court, that’s fair game. But saying that she is not qualified because of the way she pronounces her name or comparing her to the biggest pop star in the Latino community is demeaning to her," Navarette said. "Let's stop the nonsense."

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True words, and it does work both ways. Let it stand on her record and her perspective on legal issues not on race, sex, color, religion, or votes.

Posted by: zendrell | June 1, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, don't know what happened here - I apologize I did not mean to post twice.

Posted by: zendrell | June 1, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Debbie Schlussel proves that any idiot and bigot can get a column somewhere. Sad but I guess that is what the freedom of the press is about.

So to Debbie, who I am sure never graduated first in anything- I hope someone invites you to the swearing in of Justice Sotomayor- maybe Justice Thomas- who I am sure you find to be a paragon of intellectual superiority, of maybe Justice Alito, who is an intellectual -but whose 18th century view of the world I am sure you share.

Posted by: peterdc | June 1, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

By the way Debbie Schlussel is the conservative commentatort who wrote the stupid conservative column refered to in this column.

Posted by: peterdc | June 1, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The american people expect civility in this process. The process of confirming a Supreme Court justice should be conducted without outside influence and with respect to the nominee, thats is how it shoud be done. Well now back to reality, the hardcore republican mouth pieces have already proven why Americans turned their backs on the republican party.This type of arrogance and ignorance will keep Americans from ever trusting the party of isolation ever again. Instead of acting like normal people, the hardcore militants of the republican party make their party look like hate mongers.Sotomayor will be the next supreme court justice and all the republicans has accomplished is to move their party further away from the White House, good job militants.

Posted by: Realistic2 | June 1, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Sonia Sotomayor has the overwhelming support of the Latino community. Recent attacks labeling her a racist are a scare tactic aimed at right wing republicans. The racist charge will come back to haunt the republicans.

Posted by: jerrymendez | June 1, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

You know what, the filth that is in the republican party is now trying to paint Sontomayer as gay. I think the real republicans should right now, this minute ask those butts to leave and form them own group. And call themselves what they are FILTHY OLD WHITE MEN.

Posted by: msealock | June 1, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

USA Today just published a poll stating that Sotomayor has the backing of the majority of the public. I hope the Republicans go down in flames if they attack her. That will be the last nail on their party's coffin.

Sotomayor has excellent credentials. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and got a scholarship to Princeton university based on her excellent academic record. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Yale Law School, where she served as editor of the Yale Law journal, she graduated at the top of her class. Her seventeen years of experience on federal courts (11 in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals) vastly outstrips the combined years of experience John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas had when they were nominated --seven in total. She has more experience on the federal bench than any incoming Supreme Court Justice in the past 100 years.Playing the race card will not work this time for the right-wingers.

Posted by: Reader2009 | June 1, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Sonia's "white male" comment makes you think.

There are many poor disadvantaged white people in this country who climbed out of poverty and hardship, just like Sonia.

So how can she make such a statement that a Latina would have better experiences when a white male may (and many do) have the same experiences growing up from hardship?

It really makes you wonder what's going on in her mind. Not the kind of person who should be a judge let alone nominated as a Supreme Court justice.

Right?!?

Posted by: Fairfaxico | June 3, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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