Senator Pat Roberts To Oppose Confirmation of Sotomayor
by Charles Lemos, Thu May 28, 2009 at 04:23:49 PM EDT
Conservative Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas today announced that he intends to vote against the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor. Senator Roberts is the first member of the GOP to voice his opposition to Judge Sotomayor's nomination.
"With all due respect to the nominee and nothing personal, I do not plan to vote for her," Roberts told talk radio host Christ Stigall on Kansas station KCMO.
Roberts also noted he was one of the 28 Senate Republicans in 1998 who voted against confirming Sotomayor to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Sotomayor was ultimately confirmed to that court by a 68-28 vote.
"I did not feel she was appropriate on the appeals court," Roberts said of his 1998 vote. "Since that time, she has made statements on the role of the appeals court I think is improper and incorrect."
"I think that we should be judging people not on race and gender, or background or ethnicity or a very compelling story," Roberts continued. "There are a lot of people who have that."
Well, at least, he didn't call her a racist.