FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2009
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE ATTACKS ON JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR AND THE PUERTO RICAN LEGAL DEFENSE FUND IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE
"It is disappointing but not surprising that another Supreme Court nominee is facing baseless personal attacks. Only in Washington could someone's many years of volunteer service to a highly regarded nonprofit organization that has done so much good for so many be twisted into a negative. The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund is a respected civil rights organization, and while we have not always agreed on every issue, the group has made countless important contributions to New York City.
"When I discussed Judge Sotomayor with President Obama in the Oval Office and gave her my enthusiastic recommendation, I knew that some would try to play politics and engage in guilt-by-association attacks. It is my hope that Senators consider her based on her own record and her own words, not the words of others."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958