Sonia Sotomayor has resigned from an all-women's club she belonged to in order to avoid one more issue that could come up during her confirmation hearings. Sotomayor was part of the 115 member of the Belizean Grove, which bills itself as women's answer to the 130-year-old all-male Bohemian Club, whose members once included Chief Justice Earl Warren. In a letter to Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy Jeff Sessions, Sotomayor said, "I believe the Belizean Grove does not practice invidious discrimination and my membership did not violate the Judicial Code of Ethics, but I do not want questions about this to distract anyone from my qualifications and record." Both Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor belong to all-women's groups. Republicans say that they were not planning to object to Sotomayor's involvement, but merely highlight it the way Democrats have done previous nominee's inclusion in similar all-male organizations. Sotomayor may also have been giving Republicans less ammunition if they bring up her speech contrasting Latina women and white men.
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