Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., says he will not meet with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, noting he did not want to waste her time since his vote against her confirmation was “a foregone conclusion,” according to a report in Politico.
Inhofe recalled to the Tulsa World that he voted against Sotomayor when she was nominated for her present post of U.S. Circuit Court Judge in 1998.
“If you voted against anyone on the circuit [court], I have never been able to see how you turn around when the bar is actually higher and support it at a higher level,” he said.
Admitting that Sotomayor’s personal life story was inspiring, Inhofe nonetheless voiced concern if she followed what he called the “proper role of judges and refrains from legislating from the bench.”
“She stated in different times of her career that she believes that circuit courts should be making policy and not just interpreting the law as it exists,” Inhofe recalled, according to the Tulsa World.
Inhofe also referred to being troubled by Sotomayor’s reliance on the “international community” in making her decisions.
Despite all such reservations, the lawmaker predicted that in the end Sotomayor would be confirmed.
“She will be definitely confirmed,” he said, noting that in his opinion, Republicans will be wary about voting against her because she is a woman and a Hispanic.
“I’m predicting half the Republicans at least will end up supporting her who might not otherwise because of these things I just mentioned,” Inhofe said.
The Inhofe slight aside, Judge Sotomayor has continued her courtesy calls on Senators, meeting with 71 during a three-week marathon of handshakes and photo-ops – with yet more slated, according to Politico.
The Circuit Court Judge for the Second District recently was in the headlines for her decision to withdraw from Belizean Grove, an all-woman’s membership forum, citing that she did not want her membership to be a distraction in the confirmation process.
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