Sen. Bond is 7th Republican to back Sotomayor

Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) announced his support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, becoming the seventh Senate Republican to back the first Hispanic nominee to the high court.

Bond told colleagues in a floor speech that he would respect the president’s prerogative to select Supreme Court justices.

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“Our people’s democracy has spoken for the change and they’re getting it,” Bond said. “Elections do have consequences.

"I do agree that Judge Sotomayor has proven herself a well-qualified jurist; I do agree that she has proven herself as a talented and accomplished student, federal prosecutor, corporate litigator, federal trial judge and federal appeals court judge; she has backing of many in the law enforcement community,” said Bond, who graduated from Sotomayor’s alma mater, Princeton University.

“I do agree that Judge Sotomayor has proven herself as a symbol of breaking through glass ceilings.”

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Mel Martinez (Fla.), Richard Lugar (Ind.) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) have pledged to vote for Sotomayor.

Republican lawmakers from states with large Hispanic populations, however, have voiced their opposition to Sotomayor, including Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, which is 32 percent Hispanic.