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Senator’s Switch to Spanish in High Court Hearings Called ‘Savvy’

‘Padilla was savvy enough to know that Spanish-language media would run his statements without filter, and on the A-block of their prime-time evening newscasts.’

Senator Padilla speaks during a confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, March 21, 2022. AP/J. Scott Applewhite, pool

Senator Padilla speaks during a confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, March 21, 2022. AP/J. Scott Applewhite, pool

SCOTT NORVELL

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

02:36:22 pm

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SCOTT NORVELL

Mr. Norvell has more than 30 years experience in the media business, primarily with start-ups. He helped launch CNN’s first online news product in 1995, and was recruited to launch the Fox News Channel in 1996 as its first Latin America bureau chief. His reporting and writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time and Fortune magazines, The Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, and others.

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