Lawmaker wants to impeach Baker over health care

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ATLANTA --- A Georgia lawmaker Tuesday filed a resolution to impeach Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker for refusing to join 14 other states in suing the federal government over health care reform.

Thurbert Baker: Attorney general stands behind his decision not to sue over the health care law.   File/Associated Press
File/Associated Press
Thurbert Baker: Attorney general stands behind his decision not to sue over the health care law.

The measure's future in the House didn't seem promising.

The resolution from Republican state Rep. Mark Hatfield says Baker has "abdicated his authority and has committed an act against the state of Georgia." It has 30 co-sponsors, all Republican.

The resolution says Baker -- one of five Democrats running for governor -- is required by the Georgia constitution to follow Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue's direction and challenge the Democratic-backed health care bill.

Perdue has said he will bypass Baker and appoint an outside counsel as a special attorney general to pursue a lawsuit pro bono on behalf of the state.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Baker said he is "disappointed that the Legislature would respond this way."

He stood behind his decision not to sue, saying the state lacks a viable legal claim and a lawsuit is almost certain to fail.

"If the Legislature chooses this route, I look forward to have a very public legal debate about this issue," Baker said.

The resolution would need to be approved by a simple majority of the GOP-led House. There would then be a trial in the state Senate led by the state's chief justice. A two-thirds vote would be needed to convict. That would require Democratic support in the chamber where Republicans hold a 34-22 majority.

House Speaker David Ralston, who would need to get the measure for a vote on the floor, said he didn't support the proposal.

"Impeachment doesn't serve the people of Georgia," he said.

Ralston backs a separate GOP resolution that would direct the attorney general to follow Perdue's direction to sue.

"I do wish the attorney general would remember that his client is the people of Georgia, not the Obama administration, but I don't think impeachment is the answer," he said.

A spokesman for Perdue repeated the governor's statement, made last week, that impeachment is a function of the legislative branch. He had no additional comment.

Hatfield said he supports a harsher sanction because Baker is guilty of "a very serious breach of trust with the people of Georgia."

"He is ignoring his constitutional duty to the office to which he was elected," Hatfield said.

Fourteen states have joined in a federal lawsuit challenging the sweeping federal health reform law backed by President Obama.

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justus4
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justus4 03/31/10 - 04:20 am
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Wow! This clearly
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Wow! This clearly demonstrates why education is soooooo important in a democracy. Conservatives have proposed to have the losers in court pay ALL attorney's fees for both sides. The AG is correct and the grandstanding lawmakers are wrong, so they should pay fines for wasting the court's time. Does truth even matter anymore...

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Notreally 03/31/10 - 05:51 am
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I guess this is Hatfields 15

I guess this is Hatfields 15 minutes. What does he mean by his clients are the people of Georgia and an act against the state of Georgia? Or did he mean to say ONLY the republican people of Georgia? Shakes my head and whispers: "Republicans, gotta lub em"

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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 07:08 am
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Confed American? I'm glad

Confed American? I'm glad Jack put up his "black power" avatar. We always knew he was the equal to a KKK member, now at least he admits it.

    For the Moduhrator: The raised fist is the logo of the Black Panther Party, an avowed black SUPREMACIST organization. Remove this post not for personal insult, I merely state fact.

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AWyld1 03/31/10 - 07:08 am
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He means the MAJORITY of

He means the MAJORITY of taxpayers do not want to pay for sorry people's insurance. Dems just keep on giving free stuff to sorry people. It's legal vote buying. Democrats, gotta support em...so they will vote for you.

AtlasShrugged
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AtlasShrugged 03/31/10 - 10:24 am
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The law is unconstitutional

The law is unconstitutional on several fronts and will bankrupt the government even further. More proof the Democrats want nothing more than to turn us into another European Nanny-State of babies and whiners incapable of providing for ourselves and totally dependent on a corrupt government.

AtlasShrugged
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AtlasShrugged 03/31/10 - 10:27 am
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justus4 - your version of the

justus4 - your version of the "truth" is whatever encourages redistribution of wealth from workers to non-workers, dependence on the government, and power to corrupt politicians. Unfortunately in this global economy corporations are free to pick up and move to new and friendlier locations, taking their jobs and money with them. Then who's going to support the nanny-state of high taxes and few workers?

Just tired
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Just tired 03/31/10 - 04:26 pm
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AtlasShrugged said it all.

AtlasShrugged said it all.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/31/10 - 04:31 pm
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Who ya gonna call? Baker or

Who ya gonna call? Baker or Barnes?

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BoldTruth 03/31/10 - 10:23 pm
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This is just an attempt to

This is just an attempt to stop Baker from running for gov. Out of all the problems the state of GA has they are worried aboiut impeachment of the AG...what a joke. Sonny has done so many crooked things that he and his cronnies should just sit back and relax....Baker got my vote!!!!!!

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