If Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, were a U.S. senator — instead of just a candidate for the U.S. Senate — he would have voted "no" on confirming Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. His statement: "Confirming the first Hispanic-American to the Supreme Court is a historic moment for this country. Race, sex or biography alone, however, does not deem one fit to sit on the highest court in the land — rather a person's ability and willingness to faithfully apply the Constitution to all cases before the court. Unfortunately, the Democrat majority in the Senate does not believe the latter to be true and has agreed to confirm an activist judge who believes it is acceptable to legislate from the bench and inject her personal background as a filter in deciding cases. I cannot support the confirmation of a judge who has a proven track record of neglect and disregard for our governing document. As such, I strongly support Sens. Brownback and Roberts in their opposition of Judge Sotomayor's confirmation. We need justices who will be faithful to the Constitution and offer impartial judgment — not empathy, richness of personal experience, or subjective interpretation of international law."