Maine senators want more info on Kagan

Posted May 10, 2010, at 11:50 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s two U.S. senators say they want to learn more about Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s qualifications and judicial philosophy before deciding whether to support her nomination to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Olympia Snowe said Monday that Kagan appears to have strong intellectual credentials. Snowe said she wants to learn more about Kagan’s experience and expertise, and to meet with her to discuss issues including how Kagan would characterize her judicial philosophy.

Fellow Republican Sen. Susan Collins also said she looks forward to meeting with Kagan to learn more about her experience and judicial philosophy. Collins said Kagan has an impressive resume of public service and strong legal credentials but does not have extensive writings by which one can assess her judicial philosophy.

Snowe and Collins were among seven Republicans who voted to confirm Kagan as solicitor general in a 61-31 vote on March 19, 2009.

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