SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
The New York Times
July 3, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Republicans are starting to line up against Elena Kagan. The latest no vote is the party leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Mr. McConnell said Ms. Kagan had not convinced him that she could take off her political adviser’s hat and replace it with a judge’s robe. Mr. McConnell issued his decision just hours after Senator Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican, said he would cast his vote against Ms. Kagan.
Their decisions are not a surprise; both voted against the confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor last year. They join Senator James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican, who said shortly after Ms. Kagan was nominated that he would not vote for her.