Sotomayor 'Tough as Nails': Brother

Calls them 'derogatory' and 'off-base,' praises sister in interview
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 10, 2009 11:10 AM CDT
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor meets with Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, Tuesday, June 9, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Sonia Sotomayor’s brother considers criticism of his sister “insulting, derogatory, off-base," the Supreme Court nominee's only sibling tells Good Morning America. “Angry is just the beginning” of how he feels about the attacks, Juan Sotomayor said, calling Sonia a “wonderful woman” and “the perfect role model.” Those who have accused her of racism “don’t deserve a response. It’s not even something that should even be mentioned.”

“I’m not going to pretend I know what she was talking about” in a 2001 comment about white males and Latinas that’s sparked controversy, Sotomayor said. “I’m sure it was done in a context that was meant totally different than it was taken out of.”