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Groups to pressure Martinez to back Sotomayor

The Hill reports that Hispanic groups are planning campaigns in the home states of several GOP senators to pressure them to support President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.

Amoung their targets: Florida's Mel Martinez, who last week said he viewed the nomination with "great pride." Brent Wilkes, the executive  director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said his group would "launch grassroots campaigns" to pressure a number of senators in states with sizeable Hispanic populations.

Several conservative groups are urging GOP leaders to take a strong stance against Sotomayor.

Here's what Martinez said last week after Sotomayor was nominated: "During the twenty-five years I spent in Florida courts, I gained a great respect for our judicial system and the importance it plays in our society. At the apex of this system is the Supreme Court of the United States. On that court, we must have the very best.

"As an Hispanic-American, I take great pride in seeing the nomination of an Hispanic person to serve in this high position - an historic first. Judge Sonia Sotomayor's personal life story is one of great accomplishments and a source of inspiration; it also demonstrates the great opportunities our nation has to offer.

"The appointment and confirmation of Federal judges is the only time that the Constitution brings all three branches of our government together into one unified process. These unique opportunities require that all
participants work to ensure the process is both fair and thorough. When it comes to judicial candidates, we ought to look at experience, fairness, impartiality, temperament, and knowledge of the law. I look forward to participating in a fair and thorough process as the Senate conducts its constitutionally-required examination of Judge Sotomayor¹s qualifications for serving on the nation¹s highest court."