Politics & Government

Georgia senators to oppose Sotomayor

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announced today that they will oppose the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chambliss released a statement that praised her “compelling” life story, but concluded that he could not support the nomination based on Sotomayor’s “apparent leaning to use foreign law to interpret America’s own laws” and his own support for the Second Amendment.

“I am a strong supporter of the [Second] Amendment, and I am concerned about her reasoning in cases where she has considered this issue,” Chambliss said. “Her lack of well-reasoned opinions is also troublesome.”

Chambliss had made his intention known this morning in a radio interview with Kenny Burgamy and Charles E. Richardson, editorial board editor for The Telegraph, on 100.9 FM, 1400 AM and 980 AM.

Isakson released a statement shortly after lunchtime confirming that he also will vote against Sotomayor’s nomination, also citing the Second Amendment. “Judge Sotomayor’s statement that the Second Amendment of the Constitution is not a fundamental right and that it does not apply to the states and local governments is inconsistent with my, and, I believe, most Georgians’, understanding of the Constitution.”

The National Rifle Association recently announced that it will input how each senator votes on Sotomayor’s nomination when grading voting records on Second Amendment issues. It was the first time in the history of the NRA that it has graded judicial appointments.

Sotomayor’s nomination was approved by the Senate Justice Committee earlier this week with a 13-6 vote. The only Republican on the committee to vote for the nomination was South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

In spite of the two new dissenting votes, Sotomayor is widely expected to be confirmed by the full Senate next week. Not one Democrat has signaled that he or she will vote against Sotomayor’s nomination.

To contact writer Thomas L. Day, call 744-4478.