Sam Brownback Will Vote Against Sotomayor; Joins Inhofe and Roberts
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) has announced that he will vote against Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, making him the third senator to come out against Sotomayor, reports Congressional Quarterly.
Brownback joins Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) in an anti-Sotomayor Dust Bowl trio.
“Judge Sotomayor has indicated through past rulings and in her writings that she believes the judiciary should take an activist role and make laws, instead of upholding the law,” Brownback said on the Senate floor yesterday, echoing the concerns of several of his Republican colleagues. “As Chief Justice [John] Roberts said, a justice should be an impartial umpire, not a player in the game. I am afraid Judge Sotomayor wants to be more of a player than an umpire.”
Brownback is not seeking a third term in the Senate, but has filed paperwork that lays the groundwork for a run to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as governor of Kansas. A vote against a perceived liberal nominee will probably only help him in his solidly red state.