Georgia Attorney General Faces Impeachment Over Anti-Health Care Lawsuit
A movement to impeach Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker is underway after Baker, a Democrat, refused to sign a multi-state lawsuit against the government for the new health care law.
According to the Huffington Post (via Peach Pundit blog), Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican, petitioned Baker to sign on to the lawsuit 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. Many Republican state officials have filed such lawsuits against the bill since it was passed last week. The suit is seen as another ploy by opponents of the bill.
“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.”
Soon after he refused to sign the lawsuit, Baker, who plans to run for governor in Georgia, received word that Gov. Perdue plans to hire a “ special attorney general” to back the lawsuit.
“He’s refusing to do that and I can’t force him to do that,” Perdue told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In order for Baker to be impeached it requires a vote of one-half of the State House and two-thirds of the State Senate.