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Justice Sotomayor and I-4 politics



sotomayor.jpgMitt Romney tonight regained some footing with wins in Michigan and Arizona, but Democrats eyeing Florida's 29 electoral votes already are pouncing on a Romney ad attacking Rick Santorum for voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to a federal appeals court. Florida's exploding population of voters from Puerto Rico could be crucial in November.

"Sonia Sotomayor was backed by nine Republican Senators and thus confirmed in a bipartisan fashion.  Mitt Romney’s attack on her was gratuitous and a wink and a nod to the most extreme in his party. This isn’t the first time Mitt Romney goes to the extreme at Latinos expense,' state Rep. Darren Soto said in a conference call today. "On Social Security, he supports ending a critical safety net for Latino seniors, one which they’ve invested in and deserve.  In fact, if it weren’t for social security nearly one in two Latino seniors would live in poverty, for them it is their sole source of income. On Jobs, he supports the Republican Cut Cap and Balance plan that would have eliminated 700,000 jobs.On education, while 1 in 4 children in the United States student population is Hispanic, he supports a plan that would cut financial aid, or Pell Grants, rather than make corporate jet owners pay their fair share of taxes. On healthcare, while the Medicaid program is particularly important for Latino children and seniors, he supports a plan to cut Medicaid rather than increase taxes for the rich. And on immigration, he is the most extreme in his field, would veto the DREAM Act, is advocating “self deportation” and is now supported by the nation’s leading anti-immigrant voices including, Kris Kobach, the architect of the Alabama and Arizona anti-immigrant laws, and, most recently, receiving the endorsement of Governor Brewer from Arizona. Hispanics and Puerto Ricans in Florida and beyond are listening and Mitt Romney’s extreme positions are not going unnoticed."

"No matter how hard Romney attacks Justice Sotomayor, the facts are the facts.  She was confirmed with the support of nine Republican senators because she has unparalleled judiciary experience, intellect, respect for the Constitution, and her common sense.   That’s why she belongs on our nation’s highest court, and that’s why she’s a role model for our families -- and why it's so disappointing that Romney would attack her for political gain," Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico said on the call. "In fact, Mitt Romney has chosen to such an extreme that he is on the wrong issue of every Hispanic voter priority.  The policies proposed by Mitt Romney during the campaign have told us all we need to know.Just like the other Republican candidates, Romney would take us back to the very same economic policies that put us on the verge of another Great Depression. While Hispanics in places like Florida were hurt disproportionately by the foreclosure crisis, Mitt Romney would be OK with our families being left on the street, letting the market ‘hit the bottom’ as long as bankers can make a buck.And this week Romney doubled down on his plan to enact a national version of the Arizona immigration law – a law overwhelmingly rejected by Hispanics. So it’s not surprising that Romney is out of touch with our priorities – we already knew that.  But it is profoundly disappointing that he would use a highly qualified justice who received bipartisan support, Sonia Sotomayor, as a political weapon to hit his opponent." 

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:55pm]


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