GOP Senators Line Up For, Against Sotomayor

(AP)
While the Republican party will not uniformly block Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice, a few GOP Senators will vote against her, most notably the party leader.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will announce on Monday that he will vote against her confirmation, the Associated Press reports. A senior aide to McConnell told the AP that the senator is worried Sotomayor would let her sympathies and prejudices interfere with her decisions as a justice.

McConnell would join three other Republicans who have already said they will vote against her: Senators James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Jim Bunning of Kentucky, and Pat Roberts of Kansas.

Meanwhile, more Republicans today announced they will support Sotomayor. Senators Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) announced Friday they will vote for the nominee. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) announced his support earlier in the day.

Democrats have scheduled a committee vote for Tuesday and are planing for a final confirmation vote before the Senate breaks for its August recess.

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