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.
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