August 04, 2009

CONLAMIC Urges Senator McCain to Reconsider on Sotomayor

Honorable John McCain
Russell Building
Washington, D.C.

RE: Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Dear Senator McCain:

The purpose of this letter is to convey a message on behalf of many evangelical Latino pastors who consider you a true friend to the Latino community.

As conservative leaders, we understand the importance of "straight talk advocacy" to address and provide counter arguments against those who do not respect our traditional social values and moral tenets. Judge Sonia Sotomayor has demonstrated through her judicial tract record, to be a sufficiently independent and a profound believer of judicial precedent.

Taking into consideration that Judge Sotomayor is the first choice nominee, selected by President Barack H. Obama, is to some of us (conservative Hispanic advocates) an excellent (lucky) nomination. To many of us conservative advocates, President Obama’s first choice as judicial nominee is both fitting and fortunate. You see, to Latino leaders in America, Judge Sotomayor not only represents a qualified and exemplary nominee, but also represents the true meaning of achieving the American dream.

Senator McCain, I personally know you as a true fiscal conservative and an advocate who fights for what is right and moral, however, I strongly believe that your decision not to support Judge Sotomayor is a serious mistake. Latino’s in Arizona and around the nation have tremendous respect for your fair and sound judgment, which always precedes your impeccable political reputation. Social conservative Latinos are always seeking to understand the complexity of a bipartisan political scenario, where the power of swing votes is the best characterization of what political empowerment means.

The decision not to support Judge Sotomayor's nomination jeopardizes what could have been a tremendous opportunity to increase the loyalty of Hispanic conservative voters who are looking for leadership around the issues that are most important to them and causes them to support conservative elected officials.

Without any doubt, your Republican colleagues demonstrated high integrity, through the judicial hearings toward Judge Sotomayor while Democrats did not extend the same courtesy Miguel Estrada.

As your friend and supporter, I convey these honest words and bring attention to an opportunity that lies before you to rebuild a strong relationship with Latinos voters for your party.

I urge you to re-consider the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Be assured always of our Prayers for you and your family.

Very Truly Yours;

Reverend Miguel Rivera
Chairman Board of Directors
CONLAMIC Legal Defense Fund

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