Thank you for advising me of your views on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. I appreciate hearing from you.
The Constitution gives the U.S. Senate the special responsibility of "advice and consent" on appointments to the federal bench, and I take that role seriously. As with all nominees to the Supreme Court, my bottom line in considering Judge Alito's nomination is that I have confidence that he will respect the constitutionally protected rights of individuals and resist the temptation to substitute personal ideology for legal reasoning.
As you know, Judge Alito's nomination came on the heels of the withdrawal of Harriet Miers' nomination. Now that we have a new nominee, the process of review has begun anew. I look forward to learning more about Judge Alito through a review of his record on the bench and by following the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination, which began January 9.
Thank you again for writing. Please keep in touch as this process develops.
United States Senator
Friday, January 13, 2006
What's with the Harriet Mier reference?