Not-Sen. Coleman, real Minn. elected officials respond to Obama's court pick


Now that we've heard what self-described "Sen.-elect" Al Franken has to say about President Obama's pick of Sonia Sotomayor, let's see what wanna-be re-elected Sen. Norm Coleman has something to say too. And he just calls himself senator.

"When debating judges, I was firm that I would use the same standard to evaluate judges under a Democrat President as I would a Republican President. Are they intellectually competent, do they have a record of integrity, and most importantly, are they committed to following the Constitution rather than creating new law and policy. When I am re-elected, I intend to review Judge Sotomayor's record using this process. Certainly, the nomination of a Hispanic woman to the nation's highest court is something all American's should applaud."
Coleman lost his office in January. Now let's see what the real elected officials have to say about the nomination. We've heard from Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Keith Ellison so far.

Check out their statements below.

Klobuchar's statement:

"As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to reviewing Sonia Sotomayor's nomination. I have always believed that a Supreme Court Justice should demonstrate an independent breadth of mind and character, with an open-minded, fair approach to the facts and the law. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of our laws, and it is essential that we have a Supreme Court Justice who will command the trust of the American people.

"I am impressed that Judge Sotomayor is someone who knows the Constitution and the law, but who also knows America. Her father died when she was a child and she grew up in humble circumstances. Her mother struggled to pay for a set of encyclopedias because she wanted to provide her children with every opportunity to learn.

"Judge Sotomayor would bring to the Supreme Court a unique combination of legal experience as a prosecutor, a private lawyer, a trial judge and an appellate judge. As a federal judge, she also ended the baseball strike in 1995. Anybody who brought baseball back to America deserves our warm consideration.

"Along with my Senate colleagues, I look forward to meeting with her and asking about her background and her views. I intend to review her nomination before I make a final decision. But, at this point, I'm very positive about her nomination."

Ellison's statement:
"I commend the President's inspired choice of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nomination to serve on the Supreme Court. As the President pointed out, Judge Sotomayor brings more judicial experience to the Court than any of the current Judges did when they were nominated.

Her unprecedented legal and judicial experience has been recognized and confirmed by all. She was nominated as a federal judge by President George H.W. Bush making her the youngest judge in the Southern District of New York. President Bill Clinton nominated her for the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

I am confident the impeccable body of judicial experience that has now been recognized by three Presidents will make for an effortless confirmation, and an outstanding career on the highest court of the land."