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Arizona Lawmakers Reject Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s Statue at The Capitol

Arizona legislators recently voted against a proposal to erect a late Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor statue in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, as reported by various sources.

She’s Not Iconic Enough

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Though considered an Arizona icon, the Republican dismissal of the statue’s proposal is rooted in their belief that O’Connor is too undistinguished as a jurist to warrant a statue.

Republican Rejection

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Republican State Representative Alexander Kolodin (R) expressed his opposition to the move, stating that they can’t allow distinguished members of this body to have to suffer walking by such an undistinguished jurist when they enter the building in the morning, the Arizona Mirror reported.

Kolodin’s Opinion

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Kolodin said that while O’Connor was regarded as an effective lawmaker, he did not agree with her performance as a Supreme Court justice, particularly disagreeing with her decisions on abortion and affirmative action.

Democrats Opinion

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Democrats predominantly opposed the resolution, citing concerns raised by the O’Connor family.

Scott O’Connor, the son of the late justice, revealed to the Arizona Mirror that he had no prior knowledge of the project before its announcement.

Statue’s Location

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It’s worth noting that the statue would be placed in the Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., and not at the Arizona Capitol.

Why O’Connor’s Statue?

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O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, passed away in early December at the age of 93.

She was known for her pivotal role as a swing vote on numerous significant court cases.

O’Connor’s Background

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O’Connor hails from Texas but was raised in Arizona and served in all three branches of the state government before her tenure on the Supreme Court.

Owing to complications related to advanced dementia (possibly Alzheimer’s) and a respiratory illness, she passed away in Arizona.

Tribute To O’Connor

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Current and former Supreme Court Justices paid tribute to her legacy, with Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledging her historic contributions.

Chief Justice John Roberts’s Statement

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Roberts said that Sandra Day O’Connor blazed a historic trail as the nation’s first female justice.

“She met that challenge with undaunted determination, indisputable ability, and engaging candor,” he said.

More Opposition From Arizona

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Another Arizona state representative, Republican Neal Carter, voiced his opposition to honoring O’Connor, citing negative remarks from an unnamed justice who allegedly referred to her as the “worst thing that happened to the federal bench,” as reported by local media.

Neal Carter’s Opinion

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Carter emphasized the importance of honoring individuals and institutions based on merit rather than solely their origin.

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