Ensign v. Sotomayor

Two days before he voted against confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Sen. John Ensign issued a statement explaining his reasoning. The Nevada Republican’s prepared statement, in its entirety, reads:

“While I believe Judge Sotomayor is an impressive role model for millions of Americans, I take my responsibility as Nevada’s Senator very seriously, and feel I need to protect the sanctity of our Constitution.

“Judge Sotomayor’s record and testimony provide uncertainty and doubt that she will rule with a fair and impartial adherence to the rule of law. I feel she has given no assurances that the Second Amendment is an individual, fundamental right—a right I believe is central to the Constitution. I believe she has demonstrated a propensity to rule with purpose-driven results and has indicated a particular interest in international standards or laws to decide U.S. constitutional questions. Therefore, I respectfully oppose her nomination.”

Ensign joined the majority of Republicans in voting against the Sotomayor nomination, which attracted support from 9 of the 40 GOP senators. The final vote was 68 to 31, with Sen. Edward Kennedy not present for the vote.