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Sotomayor hearings: Finally, moms take center stage

July 15, 2009 |  9:09 am

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As the Judiciary Committee resumed the questioning of Sonia Sotomayor, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said she’d been impressed watching not just Sotomayor, but also her mother, Celina, who was watching the sometimes-tough questioning from the front row.

Sotomayor has repeatedly said she rose to where she is today because of the sacrifices made by her mother. Klobuchar said she chatted with Celina Sotomayor in the restroom during a morning break. “She has a lot she’d like to say,” Klobuchar said.

“Senator, don’t give her the chance,” said Sotomayor, laughing.

Klobuchar then mentioned her own mother, citing a comment she made about Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who questioned the judge Tuesday: “I watched Sen. Feinstein and she was brilliant. What are you going to do?”

-- Steve Padilla

Photo: Sotomayor reaches back to her brother, Juan Luis Sotomayor, and her mother, Celina. Credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

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