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Dems Attack McDonnell on Sotomayor

Anita Kumar

Virginia Democrats tried to use yesterday's historic confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to bash Bob McDonnell today on his lack of support for the new Supreme Court justice.

McDonnell never said he was opposed to Sotomayor, but he never said he supported her either.

In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Emma Violand-Sanchez, an Arlington School Board Member and yes, a Democrat, said she was disappointed McDonnell did not take a position. Carlos del Toro, a business leader and yes, a Creigh Deeds supporter, said McDonnell is being hypocritical on issues important to the Latino community. "Bob McDonnell had an opportunity to come out of the partisan fray," he said.

In response, McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin referred us back to a comment he made yesterday in which he called Sotomayor's confirmation "another historic moment in the life of our nation. This achievement adds to her inspirational life story."

The Democrats may be trying to blow the issue out of proportion. Afterall, McDonnell had plenty of company: Only nine out of 40 Republicans in the Senate voted to confirm her.

But they do have at least one point: McDonnell has tried to use controversial federal issues to pin Deeds down. Why shouldn't Deeds and the Democrats get to do the same?

By Anita Kumar  |  August 7, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Well, they can throw all the crap they want on Sotomayor at McDonnell but it won't stick. We won't hear her name much now that she is confirmed, and there is really no harm in McDonnell saying he would not have voted for her - if he chooses to do so in the future.

Deeds can endorce, hug, kiss and call Sotomayor his best friend but it isn't going to change the vote tally much here in VA.

Posted by: cheekymonkey | August 7, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

That's it??? McDonnell didn't express an opinion on Sotomayor and THAT'S the point of attack the democrats are using??

My God, they're desperate!!

Posted by: JackESpratt | August 7, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"Deeds can endorce, hug, kiss and call Sotomayor his best friend but it isn't going to change the vote tally much here in VA.

Posted by: cheekymonkey"

I if only Bob McDonnell would run for the position of GOVERNOR and not US SENATOR. Why is McDonnell constantly bringing up the Employee Free Choice Act or his disapproval of the federal stimulus and the proposed health care bill in Congress? Someone needs to tell him to focus on the issues he will have to deal with as governor if he is elected.

Posted by: profyle424 | August 7, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

If Bob McDonnell (Duck) wins, he plans to cut $5.6 billion from Virginia's education budget to fund transportation. It's nice to know that Virginia Republicans would rather keep the Commonwealth stupid and uneducated, like so many of them already are, than seriously prepare Virginia's youth for the competitive future they face.
Don't expect Virginia to reamin competitive if McDonnell Duck wins. We will become a third world nation state, and the Republicans ought to face that fact.

Posted by: cjburke2 | August 7, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

why is this even being discussed? Who cares what some nobody on a stupid school board says?

Posted by: loudountaxrevolt | August 7, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

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