published Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Corker meets with Sotomayor, reserves judgment


by Matt Wilson

WHAT'S NEXT

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation July 13.

After a planned meeting fell through last week, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker met Tuesday with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

"I enjoyed meeting with her today and found her to be very intelligent and eloquent in expressing her thoughts," Sen. Corker, R-Tenn., said in a statement. "I did raise some concerns in the meeting and let her know I'm reserving judgment on her nomination until the conclusion of a fair and thorough hearings process."

Sen. Corker missed a meeting with Judge Sotomayor last week. At a Tennessee Press Association breakfast on Friday, he said the judge was 10 minutes late, and he moved on to the next meeting.

According to Laura Lefler, a spokeswoman for Sen. Corker, "It was decided that, rather than rush or cut short his meeting with Judge Sotomayor and be late for his next meeting, it would be best to reschedule."

Tennessee's junior senator, a former Chattanooga mayor, has taken some criticism on Web sites and blogs for what some view as his slight of the Supreme Court nominee, who is in a cast with a broken ankle.

"What a guy," wrote one of the bloggers at DailyKos.com, a liberal blog. "But hey, it's only a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States."

Another GOP senator, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, has said he won't meet with Judge Sotomayor. His office told Politico.com his mind is made up to vote against her.

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