Republican candidate for governor Nathan Deal, freed from his Washington job, has passed the office number, fax number, and e-mail address of Attorney General Thurbert Baker to supporters, urging them to call and demand that Baker join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new health care law.
Baker, of course, is a Democratic candidate for governor. It’s fine sport to bait a rival.
Quoth the former congressman:
“Mr. Baker, the people of Georgia are speaking. On Sunday, nine of the 13 members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation voted against this bill. These lawmakers represent 70 percent of Georgia voters.
It is time for you to do your constitutional duty and stand up for our state.”
We talked to Baker last night about this very topic, at the Jefferson-Jackson Day event – before President Barack Obama signed the legislation.
We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls [Monday], there’s no question about it. First of all, we want to know what the bill looks like. There’s something about knowing what a bill says before you runoff and want to file a lawsuit about it.
Even then, Baker said he wouldn’t be pushed:
“We’re not interested in political gamesmanship in the office of the attorney general. We’re not interested in making political points. The role of the attorney general is to follow the law, and where we feel there have been violations, we need to address it….
“There’s a little thing called the supremacy clause. Federal law supercedes state law. And so I’m very interested in knowing, at least from those who think there’s a basis is, at least what they think the basis is.
“We’re going to do what we should be doing. And that’s take a very methodical approach to it. Understand the facts, understand the law. And then make some decision about it.”
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