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Sotomayor court pick: "Finally we're not the dancers in 'West Side Story,'' Gutierrez says

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who comes from a Puerto Rican family, said Tuesday that President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court represented a certain coming-of-age for the Puerto Rican community.

"Finally we're not the dancers in 'West Side Story,''' Gutierrez said.

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Sotomayor's parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico and her rise -- from a housing project to Ivy League schools to being tapped for the highest court in the land "is a great story" and highlights "there are just class issues in which we need to deal with," Gutierrez said.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge David Delgado, as is the New York-born Sotomayor, can be called a "Nuyorican.
"Her upbringing uniquely qualifies her to compliment the existing justices," said the family court judge. "... Sometimes, if you were fed with a silver spoon, you are not sensitive to the argument being made by the common person or the lay person."

Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle said Sotomayor is "going to be a wonderful role model for women, for Latinos."

Lynn Sweet, Abdon Pallasch

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Mike Huckabee apparently still thinks Puerto Ricans are all from West Side Story and the women are all named Maria.

AS one who fights for securing our borders, and enforcing immigration laws...I have read many blogs by LaRaza, MALDEF, etc. They have all stated they want more Hispanics in government, in order to start the change of our country, to their liking.

Rep. Tancredo tried to get into the black caucus, then the Latino caucus, and was denied..there should be no caucus' like this...we should all be unhyphenated AMERICAN citizens!

THAT'S EXACTLY WHY THERE ARE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS,
MINORITIES HAVE BEEN LOCKED OUT FOR SO LONG,
THAT THEY HAVE CREATED THEIR OWN ORGANIZATIONS!
DEAR BOBC, YOU SHOULD WAKE UP AND SMELL THE
COFFEE, THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE A GOOD THING!
SECURING THE BORDERS WASN'T A HOT TOPIC UNTIL
9-11, AND I DON'T THINK A TERRORIST HAS COME
THRU MEXICO AS OF YET!

SHE IS THE CORRECT PICK, AND SOME NEED TO REALIZE
THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE!
SHE IS TALENTED, SMART, WELL-VERSED IN THE LAW,
SHE DESERVES THIS POSITION!
HER MOTHER DESERVES A GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT, FOR
EDUCATING HER CHILDREN TO THE FULLEST,
JUDGE SOTOMAYER'S BROTHER IS A DOCTOR!
THIS IS WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT, FROM THE
HOUSING PROJECTS OF THE BRONX TO THE SUPREME
COURT!
THURGOOD MARSHALL WOULD APPROVE AND I DO AS WELL!

speaking of 'america', puerto rico "...always the population growing, and the money owing, i like the isle of manhattan....smoke on your pipe and put that in." o.k. lot's of linkage there, yes? puerto rican national's can't even vote in national elections. why do folk who don't or can't read, type? gosh, the thought thing might emerge later lets hope.

why does that ding-bat equate his opinions with that of justice marshall?...lol...let me tell you about when i designed the taj mahal...the flew to paris to map out le cite....lol..homeboy listin' to too much stevie wonder, i'd say.

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