A few minutes ago Mrs. Alito started weeping and got up and left the hearing room.
Her exit came during an emotional speech by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. in which he expressed regret to Alito that his reputation had been attacked for his membership in the conservative Princeton alumni group. Graham also asked Alito whether he was "closet bigot."
Alito replied, "I'm not any kind of bigot."
Graham said he believed Alito was not bigoted because of the way he and Mrs. Alito had raised their children.