Sen. Orrin Hatch, (R-Utah), is distancing himself from a conservative organization's ad tying Judge Sonia Sotomayor to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, despite having raised more than $50,000 for the conservation group several years ago.
The Utah Republican called a spot run by the group Committee for Justice "pretty harsh" and "not the type of ad I would run," in a statement provided by his spokesperson to the Huffington Post.
Hatch, along with other Senate Republicans, has taken a hard line of questioning toward President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. But on Tuesday the CFJ brought the attacks to a much more aggressive plane. The group tied Sotomayor to the 1960s radical and Obama campaign scourge, Bill Ayers, in a 30-second spot that aired on its homepage.
The ad also claims that Sotomayor "led a group supporting violent Puerto Rican terrorists."
On Wednesday, Think Progress reported that Hatch had headlined a Georgetown fundraiser for CFJ in 2003. Asked if he agreed with the ad pushed by the group for which he once raised money, the senator's spokesperson, Andrea Saul, relayed the following message from Hatch himself: "I haven't seen the ad, but it sounds pretty harsh. Not the type of ad I would run."