Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire jilted President Obama at the political altar, turning down his appointment as commerce secretary at the last minute by citing irreconcilable differences on policy.
But Gregg announced this evening that he'll go along with Obama's first choice for the Supreme Court, voting for Judge Sonia Sotomayor and breaking with most other Republicans, the Associated Press reports.
He becomes the eighth of 40 Senate Republicans to announce backing for Sotomayor, who could be confirmed by the full Senate as early as Thursday. Earlier today, Senator Kit Bond of Missouri said he'll vote for Sotomayor, saying he disagrees with some of her rulings and statements, but considers her a well-qualified jurist.
Mike Enzi and John Barrasso of Wyoming both said they would vote no, as did Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
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