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Sotomayor Quits Her Women Only Club

From a forgiving Associated Press:

Sotomayor quits women’s club after GOP criticism

By Mark Sherman, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 19

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigned Friday from an elite all-women’s club after Republicans questioned her participation in it. Sotomayor said she resigned from the Belizean Grove to prevent the issue from becoming a distraction in her confirmation hearings.

In a letter to Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the federal appeals court judge said she is convinced that the club does not practice "invidious discrimination" and that her membership in it did not violate judicial ethics.

But she said she didn’t want questions about it to "distract anyone from my qualifications and record."

Federal judges are bound by a code that says they shouldn’t join any organization that discriminates by race, sex, religion or nationality

Earlier in the week, Sotomayor defended her participation in the group, telling senators that it involves men in some of its events and that she was unaware of any man who had tried to become a member.

Sotomayor’s backers noted that the court’s only current woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, belongs to the membership-only International Women’s Forum. So did former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who defended her involvement in all-women groups during her Senate confirmation hearings in 1981

Sotomayor also told the senators that the search of documents from her time as a director of a Puerto Rican advocacy group is complete.

Republicans had complained that Sotomayor initially omitted from the records she sent the Senate Judiciary Committee a report she signed urging the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (now known as LatinoJustice PRLDEF) to oppose reinstitution of the death penalty in New York in the early 1980s.

The report, which has since been provided, said, "Capital punishment is associated with evident racism in our society." It noted that African-Americans at the time made up 47 percent of death row inmates, but only 11 percent of the U.S. population.

If there was nothing wrong with belonging to this all woman’s club, than why did Ms. Sotomayor resign?

If there is something wrong with being a member, than how does her resigning change that?

Her resignation does not change history. Instead, it only proves her poor judgment in joining the club in the first place.

And shouldn’t a potential Supreme Court Justice have exhibited better judgment than that?

[Ms. Sotomayor] is convinced that the club does not practice "invidious discrimination" and that her membership in it did not violate judicial ethics.

In other words, she has thought about it and decides to forgiver herself. How kind of her.

Mind you, this is the same woman who once screamed ‘discrimination’ when she was merely asked her views on affirmative action during a dinner conversation.

Nevertheless, far from being a “distraction,” Ms. Sotomayor’s membership in this club, cancelled or not, is very much a reflection of her “qualifications and record."

(By the way, do note that S&L was among the first to highlight Ms. Sotomayor’s club membership and the omission of her racist memo.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Sotomayor Quits Her Women Only Club”

  1. canary says:

    [From the Associated Press:]

    Sotomayor quits women’s club after GOP criticism

    By Associated Press Writer Mark Sherman Fri Jun 19, 2009

    WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigned Friday from an elite all-women’s club …


  2. Right of the People says:

    Good point, if she truly believes that belonging to the club was okay, why did she quit? If anything it shows no belief in her convictions, if she even has any. What it tells me is she’ll do anything to get the supreme court gig.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      I think she’s simply a female Hispanic version of Obama. Ivy League degrees, reliance on personal life story to gloss over the opposition, and a willingness to change stances as part of “pragmatism.”

  3. Confucius says:

    10-to-1 Sotomayor is a “sister.”

    Likes: chunky shoes, anger and other “sisters.”

    Dislikes: makeup, hair brushes, panty hose, sunlight and men.

  4. Gil says:

    If the shoe were on the other foot.. and it was a white man in a “men’s ONLY” club.. an exclusive one.. intentionally discriminating against women based only on their sex.. how would this be viewed?
    What would the MSM say then?
    Double standard.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Now that she has stopped being a member of the “House of Lesbians” will she now burn her “La Raza” and “Pink” cards?

  6. pdsand says:

    And of course, what’s to prevent her from re-joining her little club after she is appointed as a justice for life?

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