No. 3 Republican Throws Support to Sotomayor

Says they may disagree, but she's 'well-qualified'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2009 11:18 AM CDT
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, with Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, talks about their amendment to give taxpayers the GM stock, on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, June 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Lamar Alexander today became the first Republican leader to support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, Politico reports. Her “political and judicial philosophy may be different than mine, especially regarding Second Amendment rights,” the third-ranking GOP senator said, but “I will vote to confirm her because she is well-qualified by experience, temperament, character and intellect.”