This morning, President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to the Supreme Court. People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the following statement.
"President Obama has made a superb choice. Judge Sotomayor has one of the sharpest intellects on the federal bench. She's shown that she'll bring an open mind to the Court and rule on each case according to its particular merits. Her nomination is a very positive step towards bringing diversity to our highest Court.
"President Obama used this opportunity to do exactly what he promised in last year's election — to select a person who has demonstrated an abiding commitment to core constitutional values of justice, opportunity, and equality under the law. He has named someone who understands the impact that the law has on the everyday lives of ordinary Americans.
"This nomination is good news for people who care about the future of our rights and liberties. Now it's up to our Senators to avoid the distraction of attacks from the far right and work for a smooth, fair confirmation process. We urge them to confirm Judge Sotomayor with all deliberate speed."
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and defending Americans' constitutional rights and liberties. People For is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way.
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