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The Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida's statement regarding Kenneth Lewis' Facebook posts

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"The Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida is appalled at the condescending statements made
by Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis, from the ninth circuit, in referring that Latina
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a product of an affirmative action lottery quota. In
addition to that statement, he inferred that Justice Sotomayor would be working at a fast food
restaurant asking, "Would you like to Supersize that, sir?" It is reprehensible, that an officer of
the court would have such disrespect and disdain for the highest court in this country, especially
for the first Hispanic women to serve as an Associate Supreme Court Justice.
As an officer of the court, you are held at a higher standard of ethics and morality, and he has
obviously broken the vote of confidence and trust of the community he serves. The facts are that
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor is a graduate from Princeton University summa cum laude and
received her J.D. from Yale Law School and became the editor at the Yale Law Journal. Justice
Sotomayor was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by
President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and nominated in 1992. She was also a law professor at
New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School. She is a well accomplished
member of the community and has worked hard to reach her goals.
Kenneth Lewis, on the other hand, has revealed his true feelings about women and minorities
through his Facebook rants describing his personal biases to the communities he serves. It is this
kind of incorrigible behavior that leads to the distrust of many in the minority community,
questioning his lack of professionalism and prejudices. You can't hide behind the "Freedom of
Speech" to demonstrate that you are an outright bigot. I expect that State Attorney Jeff Ashton,
will address this issue promptly by respecting the outcry of the community he serves and doing
the right thing by removing Kenneth Lewis from his office."