Official Statement by Governor Charlie Crist regarding the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court

Crist’s campaign:

Statement by Governor Charlie Crist regarding the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.

“As Governor, I have had the honor of appointing dozens of judges, in both the appellate and trial courts.  Selecting a judge, particularly to a supreme court, is one of the weightiest and most important decisions any elected executive can make.”

“While I have not had the opportunity to meet personally with Judge Sotomayor–a crucial step in the selection process–I have reviewed and reflected upon her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and come to the conclusion that I cannot support her appointment to the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Sotomayor is worthy of respect for her many accomplishments and her remarkable story of success.  However, I have strong concerns that Judge Sotomayor would not strictly and objectively construe the constitution and lacks respect for the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.  For these reasons, I cannot support her appointment to the highest court in the land.”

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