Thursday, August 6, 2009
Indiana Senator's Bayh and Lugar Vote in Support of Liberal Judicial Activist for U.S. Supreme Court

Stuart Shepard, in the final (very brief) video, does a great job of explaning the danger of having someone like Sotomayor on the Court.  If we think of a judge as an umpire, it makes sense that not all umpires would have the exact same strike zone.  This is typical in major leage baseball.  Some umpires get a little liberal and have a wider strike zone.  Others have more conservative strike zones exactly belt high to knees low.  President Obama won the election.  He is entitled to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court with someone who has a wider strike zone.  The problem with Sotomayor, and others before her, is that she has a history of calling balls and strikes not based upon where the ball went over the plate, but who is batting, what team they play for and how important the at-bat is.  That makes her a judicial activist and unqualified for the position.31 Senators voted for equal justice under the law.  Senator's Bayh and Lugar portray themselves as conservatives from the heartland, yet they both voted for a liberal judicial activist.  A real conservative could not in good conscience vote for Judge Sotomayor.       

Release of Senator Lugar
statement on Judge Sotomayor

Friday, July 17, 2009

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar released the following
statement on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be Associate Justice of
the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I have
listened to the testimony of Judge Sonia Sotomayor before the Senate Judiciary
Committee, carefully reviewed her public service record, and reviewed
recommendations from Indiana constituents and colleagues here in the Senate.
 Judge Sotomayor is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and she has
demonstrated a judicial temperament during her week-long nomination hearing. 
Judge Sotomayor has had a distinguished career of public service.  She is well
regarded in the legal community and by her peers.  I will vote to confirm Judge
Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court of the United States.”

Email response from Senator Bayh's office regarding Supreme Court nominee SotomayorDear Mr.

 Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to the
nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. 
I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and views with me.

 Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution gives the President the power
to appoint "Officers of the United States" subject to the "Advice and Consent of the
Senate."  Under this framework, the Senate is given the authority to
review the qualifications for office of individuals nominated by the President
to serve in certain high-level positions.  I take my duty to give
"advice and consent" on Presidential appointments very seriously, and
will continue to carefully review the President's nominees.

            Judge Sotomayor's
confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee have already begun.
A vote on the Senate floor on Judge Sotomayor's nomination has not yet
been scheduled.  Please rest assured that I will be monitoring her
testimony before the Committee carefully and as the process moves forward, I
will keep your views in mind.

thank you for contacting me.  I hope that the information I have provided
is helpful.  My website, http://bayh.senate.gov, can provide additional details about my work in the Senate, including
legislation and state projects.  You can also sign up for occasional email
updates.  I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me
informed of the issues which are important to you.

Office of Senator Evan Bayh
(202) 224-5623


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