For Immediate Release
PFAW Statement on Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor
WASHINGTON - 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
"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
People For the American Way 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. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.