The insinuation is that Sotomayor "led a group supporting violent Puerto Rican terrorists" by serving on the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF). Republican Senators Jeff Sessions has called the group "extremist"; in response, the National Hispanic Bar Association sent Sessions a letter stating, in part:
LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a mainstream and respected civil rights organization founded in 1972 -- a time when Puerto Ricans living in the United States had no voice and were largely excluded from participating in public life. ...Attacks on Latino advocacy and civil rights organizations are not new – we have seen figures in the media mischaracterize and slander our good works, using provocative terms that fan the flames of ethnic animosity. We expect and are entitled to better from a sitting member of the United States Senate.
The letter lists those who have supported PRLDEF: Senator Jacob Javits, former U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams, New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bomb throwers all!
So Sotomayor is linked to Ayers, who is linked to Obama. Such paranoid rhetoric really worked well during the presidential election, didn't it? It will work just as well in building bonds with the growing Hispanic electorate.