Coalition opposes Sotomayor

(Denver, June 5) A coalition of Colorado groups and concerned citizens joined forces today in opposition to President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Organized as the Colorado Judicial Network, they are urging the US Senate confirm only highly qualified individuals who put the rule of law ahead of personal political agendas. As former State Sen. John Andrews put it: “Barack Obama said he wanted to remake the Supreme Court with his judicial nominees. Yet we are told by the administration that this is a 'middle of the road' judge who sides with conservatives more often than liberals. The White House is attempting to confuse the American people, who deserve an honest airing of the differences between the Obama-Sotomayor view of the law and the Roberts-Alito-Scalia-Thomas approach to the Constitution and the role of the Court.” “Sonia Sotomayor's statement that a 'wise Latina woman' would generally make better decisions because of 'the richness of her experiences' than a white male reveals the extent to which political and personal agendas have supplanted the rule of law in selecting nominees.” said former State Treasurer Mark Hillman. “Rule of law requires that laws be written, accessible, understandable and uniformly applied. Obama understands his nominee has little interest in impartially applying the law. He also understands that this undermines the rule of law. He just doesn’t want the American people to understand. “

“We reject the notion that Sonia Sotomayor is a 'racist,'” said Jim Pfaff who heads the Judicial Confirmation Network's efforts in Colorado. “What motivates her to say a 'Latina woman' would make a better decision than a white male—as with her statement in 2004 that the courts make law—is a belief that the Rule of Law can be ignored whenever she wants to accomplish a favored political end.”

The Colorado Judicial Network is an organization of citizens joined together to support the confirmation of highly qualified individuals to the Supreme Court of the United States. They seek judicial nominees who stand for the Rule of Law and are committed to uphold the principles of judicial restraint and fidelity to the original meaning of the United States Constitution

The Colorado Judicial Netowrk Steering Committee includes:

** John Andrews, Chairman, Backbone America Citizens Alliance and former Colorado Senate President.

** Jon Caldara, President, Independence Institute.

** Mark Hillman, former State Treasurer.

** Jeff Crank, State Director, Americans for Prosperity.

** Jim Pfaff, former State Director, Americans for Prosperity and President/CEO, Colorado Family Institute.

Pfaff serves as press contact for the coalition and can be reached at or 303.957.8600