Why Conservatives Are Bashing Judge Sotomayor as U.S. Supreme Court Pick

May 27 2009, 11:21 AM
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has issued no major decisions concerning abortion, the death penalty, gay rights, or national security, reports The New York Times, adding that although "her rulings are more liberal than not," they tend to be mired in technical detail and "consistently avoid quotable language." The biggest controversy surrounding her is perhaps her decision last year when she joined with two other judges to dismiss claims by 18 white firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, who argued a test they took was not racially biased and they should be promoted for their performance as promised. Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, appeared on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," characterizing Sotomayor as a racist for the decision (via The Colorado Independent). In addition to being the first Hispanic and third woman ever to serve on the high court, Sotomayor, if confirmed, would be the sixth Catholic, notes The Washington Times, though little is known about her religious life other than she attended a Catholic parochial school in the Bronx. Jurists tend to disagree on what level their religion should play in their decisions and Sotomayor's religion didn't stop conservative evangelical groups, such as Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family's political arm, from attacking her for her alleged "left-wing policy preferences instead of neutrally interpreting the law." Colorado's two Democratic senators--Mark Udall and Michael Bennet--are tasked with examining Sotomayor in the confirmation process. A statement by Bennet indicates support for her "skill and fair-mindedness," writes the Denver Business Journal. Udall, meanwhile, says that though Sotomayor "appears to be a wise choice," he looks forward to learning more about her.