Republican senators are beginning to announce whether they will vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and so far the nominee is two-for-three.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said today that he will oppose confirmation, signaling that a majority of the 40-member Republican caucus is likely to do the same. A statement from McConnell's office said he will outline the reasons behind his opposition in a speech on the Senate floor Monday.
Two other Republicans said they plan to vote in favor of confirmation.
"Judge Sotomayor is knowledgeable of the law, would be a fair and impartial judge, and seems to have a good understanding of the limited role the judiciary plays in our democracy," Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) said in a statement. "Judge Sotomayor’s rise to the Supreme Court is testimony to the fact that the American dream continues to be attainable. As an Hispanic American, I take great pride in Judge Sotomayor’s historic achievement."
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said he came to his decision after listening to Sotomayor's testimony this week and talking with constituents and other senators.
"Judge Sotomayor is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and she has demonstrated a judicial temperament during her week-long nomination hearing," Lugar said in a statement. "Judge Sotomayor has had a distinguished career of public service. She is well regarded in the legal community and by her peers."
A vote on Sotomayor's nomination is likely in the Senate Judiciary Committee before the end of the month, and in the full Senate before senators leave Aug. 7 for a month-long recess.
UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) also plans to vote for Sotomayor: "She appears neither rigid nor dogmatic in her approach to the essential task of constitutional interpretation."
UPDATE (3:45 p.m.): Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) plans to vote against Sotomayor: "I cannot reconcile my strong belief that the Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms with Judge Sotomayor's stated belief that the Second Amendment is not a 'fundamental right.'"