This explains a lot about the Sotomayor hearing and the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Confirmation Committee, Jeff Sessons (R-Ala). No wonder he kept repeating himself during Sotomayor’s testimony. But he wasn’t the only senator chatting it up, so there must of been enough crack to go around. Politico crunched the numbers on the comments during the hearing and the senators talked circles around the nominee. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) ranked no.1 followed by Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) no.2 and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) ranked no.3 most chatty.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) came in at number three with his passionate and colorful exchanges with Sotomayor: His total was 6,626 words. Sessions focused on Sotomayor’s 2001 “wise Latina” speech and the failed confirmation of federal judge Miguel Estrada, who was nominated by George W. Bush. It was not the first time the two have met: When Sotomayor was considered for a post on the U.S. Court of appeals for the 2nd Circuit in 1997, Sessions was one of those questioning Sotomayor.
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