Sotomayor Visits Senators, Explains 'Wise Latina' Remark

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2009 12:42 PM CDT
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor meets with the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Sonia Sotomayor made her first trip to Capitol Hill today, and had heart-to-hearts with Harry Reid and assorted members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, explaining the “wise Latina” remark that has drawn so much attention to chairman Patrick Leahy, Politico reports. Though everyone has a different background, the Supreme Court nominee told Leahy “there is only one law,” and she would follow it “ultimately and completely.”

Sotomayor also met with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Jeff Sessions, the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican. Reid, for one, was enthusiastic. “Everyone in America, I want them to understand that we have the whole package here,” the Dem said after running through Sotomayor’s resumé. “Americans identify with the underdog, and you’ve been the underdog so many times in your life.” (Read more Sonia Sotomayor stories.)