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May 26th, 2009
04:46 PM ET

Wendy Long: Sotomayor a 'liberal judicial activist of the first order'

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more from Wendy E. Long tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Wendy E. Long
Counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network

On the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, Wendy E. Long provided the following statement:

"Judge Sotomayor is a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important that the law as written. She thinks that judges should dictate policy, and that one's sex, race, and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench.

"She reads racial preferences and quotas into the Constitution, even to the point of dishonoring those who preserve our public safety. On September 11, America saw firsthand the vital role of America's firefighters in protecting our citizens. They put their lives on the line for her and the other citizens of New York and the nation. But Judge Sotomayor would sacrifice their claims to fair treatment in employment promotions to racial preferences and quotas. The Supreme Court is now reviewing that decision.

"She has an extremely high rate of her decisions being reversed, indicating that she is far more of a liberal activist than even the current liberal activist Supreme Court."


Filed under: 360° Radar • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Mike in NYC

    Racial preferences are wrong. Period, end of story.

    Here's to victory for the New Haven 18, not only for the cause of justice and public welfare, but for the black eye it will give a judge who basically told them to go to hell.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  2. Lampe

    Well she should make a really good fit into The Obama Team. After all Obama is running things with his own personal political agenda in mind.

    May 26, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  3. Mari

    TO THE GOPers:

    You do realize that every president chooses a judge who best represents them and their ideology.

    Like Roberts, for example, a conservative president, Bush, choose a conservative judge.

    Why complain? Its silly and tiresome!

    May 26, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  4. hawk , Texas

    Long is wrong. her decisions were upheld 99% of the time. maybe ms. long was talking about that 1%. AND SHE WAS FIRST APPOINTED TO THE BENCH BY BUSH SENIOR. the radicals are starting early.

    May 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  5. Sassenach

    Remind me again why I should care about the opinion of Republican operative Wendy E. Long.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  6. Alli

    Almost sounds like a pre-written statement, given the lack of specifics – like Long just came up with a list of statements she thought would induce fear in the right-wingers, and then plugged in Sotomayor's name once it was made public.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    A lot of accusations in this piece with very few, if any, specifics to back it up. Without examples to illustrate the points being made all one can reasonably do is to mark this opinion up to the right wing conservatives who think anything from a liberal is selfish and anti-Constitutional.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  8. Melissa

    And the problem is what exactly? All the other judges are white males appointed by Republicans. I don't see why its such a problem to inject a little female Liberal qualities into such an obviously biased judiciary.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  9. Jim M

    A report truly reflective of the agenda of The Judicial Confirmation Network.

    Ms. Long interned as Justice Clarence Thomas clerk, and was press secretary for former Republican Senators from Colorado and New Hampshire.

    The Executive Director of TJCN was a Bush/Cheney organizer in the '04 campaign.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  10. Larry

    Where is the Native American representation on the Court????

    May 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  11. Tina Autry

    Is there anyone out there that Thinks Chief Justice Roberts is not equally committed to his idealogical ideas. Don't fool yourself. Sanctimonious right wing psychos....they all want to spout this crap when its time for someone of a different idealogical persuasion but stay mum when someone shares their views. I am an independent, but I am so tired of this stupitiy. We are all smart enough to see the hypocricy. They are driving away every moderate in the country.... What idiots!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  12. Angela Savage Austin

    Thank God for the appointment of President Obama...... A man who has the courage to restore order in our great country. To open closed doors that has been closed far too long, doors that was given freely by God to all mankind. Now every culture, every child, every gender, every minority has a horizon of opportunity, harmony, healing, and growth to look forward to and no longer accept division among the people of this great country on any level.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  13. JC- Los Angeles

    Say hello to President Obama's new champion for same sex marriage.

    May 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm |