Georgia Attorney General Faces Impeachment Threat

Posted by: Bluedog89

Georgia Attorney General refuses to sign a multi-state lawsuit blocking the new health care bill. Now Georgia lawmakers are calling for his impeachment. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

HP~Georgia lawmakers reacted to Wednesday’s news that their Attorney General, Democrat Thurbert Baker, would not sign on to a multi-state lawsuit to block the health care bill in his state by filing papers to have him impeached.

The blog Peach Pundit reports that the resolution to impeach Baker, also a candidate for Georgia governor, now has at least 30 signatures and is still going forward.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican, petitioned Baker to sign on to the joint lawsuit filed by more than a dozen attorneys general across the country earlier this week that seeks to shield states from the effects of the new health bill, including the so-called “individual mandate,” which forces most people to buy insurance.

“I cannot justify a decision to initiate expensive and time-consuming litigation that I believe has no legal merit,” Baker wrote in a two-page response to Gov. Perdue. “In short, this litigation is likely to fail and will consume significant amounts of taxpayers’ hard-earned money in the process.”

On Thursday Gov. Perdue said he would appoint a “special attorney general” to sign on to the lawsuit challenging the health care bill since Baker would not do it himself, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Perdue made the announcement a day after state Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat running for governor, told Perdue, a Republican, he would not pursue a lawsuit.

Though the impeachment process appears to be in motion, some see it as a futile distraction that will not succeed because the threshold for impeachment is so high. It requires a vote of one-half of the State House and two-thirds of the State Senate.

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9 responses to “Georgia Attorney General Faces Impeachment Threat

  1. Pingback: Georgia Attorney General Faces Impeachment Threat « Health

  2. Hey BD, they tried that stuff here in Illinois, and our wonderful Attorney General Lisa Madigan told them to forget about it…not gonna happen 😉

    • Good for her! I hope the lawmakers of the great state of Illinois back her up.

      I think it is ridiculous that because the Georgia AG won’t support suing the Fed over the health care bill, then the lawmakers see fit to impeach him. What has he done that qualifies him for impeachment?

      • What has he done? He refused to waste the taxpayers dollars on a frivolous lawsuit, that is only designed to make political points for the Republicans. LOL 😉

      • More news from the Plumline:

        Wisconsin Governor Tells His AG To Bag Lawsuit Against Reform:

        Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin has told his state’s attorney general to forget about suing to overturn health reform, as a dozen AGs are trying to do. In a terse but scathing letter to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Doyle told him his request for the state to sue is being denied.

        “This law is an act of Congress, signed by the President of the United States,” Doyle wrote. “The lawsuit you suggest is a frivolous and political attempt to thwart the actions of Congress and the law of the country.”

        “The State of Wisconsin will not enter into litigation intended to deny health care for tens of thousands of residents,” Doyle concluded.

        He isn’t the only Governor pwnking his own AG: Governor Christine Gregoire of Washington State has also lashed out in similar terms at the state’s AG for joining the lawsuit.

        • dusty

          Ag Baker is not representing the people of Ga by not filing a law suit. Georgian’s do not want a communist healthcare system. This bill will force Georgian’s to purchase healthcare or else face an enormous fine. Anyone who makes decent money will see a drastic increase in their taxes to support the poor. An overwhelming majority of Georgian’s agree that they do not want socialized healthcare.

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  4. spirit_55z

    Gov. Pawlenty’s trying to coerce MN’s Ag into suing over the HCR bill’ passage. Political manuevering on his part.

    That jackass thinks he’s got a chance at winning the presidency; ummm… NO way!

    Dude can’t even work the MN budget deficit and is running around the country denouncing PBO’s administration and its hard work. GTFOHWTFBS!

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