POSTED: Monday, June 1, 2009 - 9:35am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm
Judge Sotomayor prepares to visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill...
As Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor gets ready for her first courtesy calls on Capitol Hill prominent republicans aren't exactly laying out the welcome mat.
"And it is troubling, and it's inappropriate and I hope she'll apologize,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
They want her to explain why she once said a wise Latina judge might reach better conclusions than a white male judge.
"And had I said something like that, or someone with my background and profile, uh, we wouldn't be talking about this nomination going forward," said Graham.
"I think it goes against the great heritage of American law that calls for judges to be a neutral umpire," said Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
Republicans are refusing to rule out a filibuster attempt.
They're recalling the ordeal of Miguel Estrada, a Bush Administration appeals court nominee, who gave up after waiting two years for a vote that never happened.
"The democrats firmly established the principal with seven filibusters against this outstanding Hispanic American that filibusters of judges are the precedent in the senate. So, it can be done; the question is will it be done," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
President Obama wants a confirmation vote before the August recess.
Republicans say that's not enough time to review thousands of the judge's decisions.
But the democrat in charge says Judge Sotomayor deserves the chance to publicly answer her critics
"Will you, as you sit here now, will you meet the president's timetable? I will meet my timetable," said Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.