In July 2009 — when he was still running in the Republican U.S. Senate primary against Marco Rubio — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) said that he opposed President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court because he had “strong concerns that Judge Sotomayor would not strictly and objectively construe the Constitution and lacks respect for the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.” The Miami Herald recently asked Crist whether he still stands by his opposition to Sotomayor. Crist said he did, but when pressed on why, he said he couldn’t remember:
Q: Now as an independent, do you still feel the same way, and would have opposed or supported her nomination? [...]
CRIST: As it relates to Justice Sotomayor, I would have on the same basis. I believe very much in the Second Amendment. [...]
Q: And you would still have opposed Sotomayor?
CRIST: Yeah, because of that. Yes, sir.
Q: What was her position on the Second Amendment that gave you such — ?
CRIST: To be honest, I can’t recall it right now. My friend was kind enough to add the question with evidence that indicated that. It had to be a ruling that she had had previously though. And I’m happy to research it and get it for you.
(HT: The Political Carnival)