Update: Franken meets with Sotomayor, praises her experience

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., met this afternoon with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Just before 2 p.m. EDT, the federal judge, wearing a gray Aircast around her broken ankle and flanked by a cadre of assistants and police officers, walked into Franken’s Senate office to meet with the newest member of the Judiciary Committee.

Franken, who will be gathering with a group of legal advisers in Minnesota this weekend to prepare for Monday’s committee hearing with Sotomayor, said after the meeting that he was looking forward to considering her possible appointment to the nation’s highest court.

At the same time, he drew attention to her extensive experience and judicial record.

“Judge Sotomayor will be the most experienced appointee in 75 years, and has a great life story,” Franken said in a statement, adding:

“I’m glad to have had the chance to meet with her this afternoon, and I look forward to carefully considering her next week during the hearing. The current Supreme Court has been sliding back on the rights of Americans as employees, as parents, as consumers, and as investors, and it is critical that the next appointee understand the importance of these protections.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/09/2009 - 04:13 pm.

    “The current Supreme Court has been sliding back on the rights of Americans as employees[there you go Teamsters, now stop keying my car!], as parents[that check from the HRC *must* have cleared by now], as consumers[we don’t need no stinkin’ tort reform!], and as investors[now, about that risk free investment…], and it is critical that the next appointee understand the importance of these protections.”

    Right, as opposed to, say, interpreting the Constitution or silly stuff like that.

  2. Submitted by Sarah Canavese on 07/09/2009 - 04:14 pm.

    I wasn’t sure how Franken would handle dealings in the political rounds that go hand in hand with being a senator, and its hasn’t helped that the media has termed him as a “celebrity” in the political jungle. But I think he is dealing well, especially meeting with Sotomayor within his first week of appointment. Check out what the media is saying about him here!
    http://www.newsy.com/videos/franken_and_kumar_go_to_washington

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