By Alexander Bolton - 07/17/09 11:55 AM EDT
Specter showed some frustration with Sotomayor’s cautious answers during confirmation hearings but praised her record on the bench.
“I think your record is exemplary, Judge Sotomayor,” said Specter. “I’m not commenting about your answers, but your record is exemplary.”
Specter’s quick show of support is likely to be followed by a rush of endorsements from other senators in coming days.
Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.) became the first Republican to back Sotomayor when he issued a statement Friday morning praising her “judicial temperament during her week-long nomination hearing.”