Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are joining the GOP catwalk today in announcing their Nay votes on Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Risch said she was, "a genuinely nice, smart and well-intentioned person," but that he's still not going to vote for her. Crapo said that she evasive and misleading in her testimony.
Jeff Sessions, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, announced today in USA Today that he would not support Sotomayor.
"I don't believe that Judge Sotomayor has the deep-rooted convictions necessary to resist the siren call of judicial activism. She has evoked its mantra too often. As someone who cares deeply about our great heritage of law, I must withhold my consent," Sessions wrote.
Here's what Risch had to say, via e-mail, this morning:
“First and foremost, I take the advise and consent duty imposed on me by the Constitution most seriously. I personally met with and interviewed Judge Sotomayor and discussed water law, the Second Amendment and several other matters. I reviewed her cases and I listened to her confirmation hearings and have determined I cannot support her lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
There is no question she is a genuinely nice, smart and well-intentioned person. However, her belief and pronouncement that the Second Amendment is not a fundamental right is something I cannot accept. Her answers to questions on the use of foreign law to interpret our Constitution did nothing to ease my concern that she would not look to the laws of other countries when interpreting the Constitution. That should not happen under any circumstance.
And from Crapo, who also critisized her Second Amendment stance:
Also troubling is that she has made statements acknowledging that her experience allows her to choose the facts she wants to see when determining a case, rather than applying the law. And she has repeatedly stated that U.S. judges may look to foreign law to interpret the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the United States to maintain our country’s standing in the world community.