Republican candidate for Congress Mike Pompeo today called upon candidates for U.S. Congress to let it be known where they stand on the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The simple fact is that Ms. Sotomayor and President Obama believe the job of a judge is to make policy, not interpret the law. It is for this reason that I am raising my voice today to call for the rejection of Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. I also call on any candidates for U.S. Congress, particularly Democrats Raj Goyle and Robert Tillman who voters have to assume are supportive of Sotomayer, to let their views be known on this important issue,” Pompeo stated.
“The confirmation decision being made by the U.S. Senate could well affect the direction of our nation for the foreseeable future. If we are to allow the inclusion of empathy, instead of just facts, in making judicial decisions — as is the stated desire of President Obama — it would discredit our legislative process as well as the vision and desires of our founding fathers,” Pompeo continued. “One needs to look no further than Sotomayor’s ruling regarding the New Haven Firefighters to see that she desires to make policy from the bench, not interpret the laws.”
“Some might claim that this is not relevant for a Congressman, but I disagree. Just look at our state today. In all likelihood, our next U.S. Senator, who will undoubtedly vote on future Supreme Court nominations, is going to come directly out of the ranks of Congress. The voters deserve to know where candidates stand on these important issues,” Pompeo stated.
Having received degrees from both the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Harvard School of Law, Pompeo has watched the court system closely. Pompeo’s opposition to judicial activism was cited by Richard J. Peckham, founder of Kansas Judicial Watch, when Peckham endorsed Pompeo.
“I think it is impossible to have attended Harvard Law and not have an opinion on Supreme Court nominations. I hope my fellow Harvard alum Raj Goyle will let voters know where he stands,” Pompeo concluded.