Grassley to vote no on Sotomayor

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will vote against the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor when the matter comes to a vote on Tuesday.

The Des Moines Register reported on Monday that Grassley believes the federal appeals court judge would engage in judicial activism while serving on the bench. The fifth-term senator expressed similar concerns about Justice David Souter, whom Sotomayor will replace on the Court should she be confirmed.

"And consequently, I don't want someone succeeding him who doesn't have a clear role of what the Supreme Court is," Grassley told the Register.

The Iowa Republican was previously thought to be a "swing vote," so to speak, on Sotomayor's confirmation vote.

Grassley joins Republican Senate Judiciary Committee members John Cornyn (Tex.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), and Jon Kyl (Ariz.) in opposing Sotomayor's confirmation. Grassley is the second-ranking member of the committee.

Grassley previously voted against Sotomayor for her appointment to the appellate court in 1998. But when asked about it May he did not seem to remember why.