Nathan Deal passes out Thurbert Baker’s phone number

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.

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Republican Nathan Deal (AP)

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.

Said Baker:

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.

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Democrat Thurbert Baker (AJC)

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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154 comments Add your comment

Cutty

March 23rd, 2010
5:20 pm

So did John Lewis, Scott, or Johnson vote against this bill? If not, then theres no earthly way that lawmakers voting against it represent 70% of the state. Jus sayin.

Sick of Republicans

March 23rd, 2010
5:22 pm

What does Deal care – it doesn’t affect him; he gets to keep the gravy train insurance he had in DC and at no cost to him.

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Jon

March 23rd, 2010
5:31 pm

Anybody got the number to a good salvage yard?

BW

March 23rd, 2010
5:47 pm

I guess people conveniently forget that the “Great War of Yankee Aggression” as Paul Broun termed it established that the feds overrule the states…if Medicare and Medicaid operate in all 50 states…what makes these people think this won’t?

Whatever

March 23rd, 2010
5:58 pm

I am calling him to encourage him to stand behind President Obama on this much needed health care legislation that will help literally millions of American families. Thanks for the number Mr. Deal.

Drago

March 23rd, 2010
6:12 pm

Nathan Deal is a turncoat, party jumper. He turned his back on the people that elected him for his own personal gain. Consider the source on anything he says. It is all about him, the people be hanged.

gail weerts

March 23rd, 2010
6:13 pm

Many Georgians are in favor of the health care bill. We are fortunate enough to have a good retirement and adequate health care but we have had no preexisting conditions. Thank goodness many more American will have access to health care.

Tod from Gainsville

March 23rd, 2010
6:18 pm

Nathan Deal was my personal lawyer 20 years ago, he screwed up a big deal for me and cost me a lot of money. He wasn’t much of a lawyer then and he must be less now. He may be my ex congressman but I never voted for him and never will.

James

March 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm

As I saw posted somewhere today …

“DENY COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS!”

Yea, that will make a great political bumper sticker.

Deal is an idiot.

Jon Lester

March 23rd, 2010
6:26 pm

Baker is too gracious to say so himself, but a proven AG of his caliber has too much to do to dignify the petty political demands of someone who doesn’t believe President Obama was born in Hawaii and who’s trailing every gubernatorial candidate but Ray McBerry.

Bob

March 23rd, 2010
6:27 pm

Problem with this Obama care is that the Dems want a One-Payer system, which will be a Socialist govt. run care like Cuba and Russia. You die before being waited on and a committee decides if you need care or not. Obama care is not what you think..You don’t want it, believe me.

Road Scholar

March 23rd, 2010
6:32 pm

A republican wants a democrat to clean up the republicans alledged mess? Yeah, right!

Mr Baker, please support the healthcare law.

Jon Lester

March 23rd, 2010
6:39 pm

News flash, Bob: Russia today is more democratic than Afghanistan ever will be. And Russians can choose between basic care from the state or private providers. And, I might add, single-payer seems to be working just fine for the majority of our NATO allies, just as it did during the Cold War years.

Richard

March 23rd, 2010
7:01 pm

What idiots!!! 10 th amendment any right not grant to Fed is reserved for the states. BW you said Medicare and Mediaid operate in 50 states your correct, but the states already have to pickup a large portion of each, and both are going in the hole. States can’t afford this… I know Georgia can’t. Thurbert mentions ” There’s a little thing called the supremacy clause.” Which Constitution is he reading. If he ever got in as Governor, we would just have another idiot like J. Carter

Randy

March 23rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Baker is democrat, hence welfare and socialism and any of you think he is going to challenge this?

James

March 23rd, 2010
7:07 pm

Bob, the “reds under the beds” meme got you this far, you sure you want to continue down that path? People are sick of the extremist fear mongering. Come with logical debate and maybe some will listen otherwise you do nothing for your cause.

Whatever

March 23rd, 2010
7:37 pm

Deal is wasting the state’s money by forcing a special election. Thank you Mr. Baker for having the good sense NOT to throw our resources into this hysteria-fed lawsuit frenzy!

Oh, Bob

March 23rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Hey Bob, I don’t know about you, but I have private insurance and somebody sitting in a cubicle gets to decide what treatment/procedures I can or can’t have as it is now. Oh and they also get to decide if they’d rather just not pay for me anymore and cut me loose. I’ll take the new legislation and be glad for it!

BUCKMASTER

March 23rd, 2010
7:53 pm

Somebody email Baker with the telephone number to a BARBER SHOP… Homes sure needs to get that dome hooked up….BLESS

Amanda

March 23rd, 2010
8:00 pm

God Bless John Lewis. “He stood tall in Selma, and he stood tall on healthcare.”

George P.

March 23rd, 2010
8:22 pm

All of you supporters of Obamacare need to provide answers to the following questions:

(1)How can you justify having the Federal govt. come and seize part of my hard-earned pay for YOUR health situation? Is that more valuable than me buying shoes for my kid, or groceries for my family, or meeting my mortgage?
(2) Nobody but you “decides” what treatment and procedures you can get. The only “decision” here is who pays for it. If you don’t like what the insurance company decides, you are 100% free to pay for it yourself. What part of that do you people not understand?
(3) What constitutional authority does Dear Leader Obama have to force me to buy a privately produced item in order to be a law-abiding citizen of the United States? Don’t give me the line about “it’s the same as mandatory auto insurance”. You DON”T have to own a car to be a citizen of this country, and even if you do you are not required to use publicly funded roads.
(4) No less an authority than the New England Journal of Medicine (hardly a conservative poltical rag) has found via at least two surveys that potentially up to 45% of general and family practicioners may retire early or quit altogether rather than lose their shirt with less-than-cost re-imbursements under Obama care. Tell me how you think this is a good thing.
(5) What example of an efficient, under-budget government medical insurance plan can you cite? Medicare and Medicaid are already nearing bankruptcy. The Massachusetts plan, which many consider similar to Obamacare, is only about a year or so old BUT IT IS WAY OVER BUDGET AND GOING BROKE ALREADY.
(6) Many Canadians (including the Canadian Health Minister and the Premier of Newfoundland) find it necessary to come to the U.S. for specialized care that they can’t wait on. Why do you think that is?

I hope you Obamabots enjoy waiting 30 days for a doctor’s appointment. Oh, it will be afforable, all right. It just won’t be available. Thanks for screwing up the world’s best medical care system.

Old Gene

March 23rd, 2010
8:25 pm

Baker is a lackey of Sonny Perdue. Deal is just a moron.

Winfield J. Abbe

March 23rd, 2010
8:25 pm

Mr. Baker has done nothing about unfairness and routine violations of the equal protection clause of the Georgia Constitution by local government. He has done nothing about apparent cover up of the murder investigation of former UGA senior Jennifer Stone at UGA almost 18 years ago in 1992.
He has allowed the unfair and illegal landlord tenant law of Georgia to be enforced in patent violation of both the contracts clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Protection Clause of the Georgia Constitution. Shame, shame, shame on Mr. Baker for betraying the citizens he purports to serve. Many other issues of gross negligence could also be listed.

Reverie

March 23rd, 2010
8:26 pm

The Obamacare bill was an illegal power grab on the part of a illegitimate President, pandering to the morons. If you support this bill you clearly have no idea what is in it. Thanks for supporting the end of our country. The blood of our children is on your hands.

Winfield J. Abbe

March 23rd, 2010
8:33 pm

In Georgia you have to go pay money to a court and have an already busy sheriff deputy serve papers in order to force a deadbeat to pay a debt. This is wasteful, inefficient nonsense. Even governments in Georgia do not do this. They simply send a letter. How about the same indulgence for citizens Mr. Baker? Are you trying to protect jobs for sheriff’s or something? All legal service is is handing someone a piece of paper. Why not allow anyone to do this with a witness? What is wrong with a certified letter? In Texas anyone can serve anyone. Why do we have to have permission from a judge to use a private process server? Obviously Mr. Baker and his cronies want to make it as easy as possible for deadbeats to avoid paying debts. Is it any wonder Georgia has the most failed banks in the nation? Mr. Baker has betrayed the citizens of Georgia. He can’t be voted out of office too soon.

Kill the Bill

March 23rd, 2010
8:36 pm

Ask the people in Massachusetts how this will play out. It is currently a 42 day wait to see the doctor in that state now. Socialized medicine is not the way to go. Where in the constitution does it say that the federal government can require me to buy anthing? Richard, thanks for pointing out the 10th ammendment to these liberal slackers who walk around with their hand out.

Kill the Bill

March 23rd, 2010
8:45 pm

James, can you say that in Chinese because that is who is going to be owning this country when this god-awful 2.4 Trillion dollar goes into full effect. Who is going to pay for it?

James

March 23rd, 2010
8:50 pm

@[You failed to] Kill the Bill – Honestly, more “WATCH OUT IT’S SPUTNIK!!!” bs? Really? Now it’s the Chinese that will take over due to affordable healthcare? Lordy, cheer up man.

Kill the Bill

March 23rd, 2010
8:54 pm

Answer the constitutional question James.

Kill the Bill

March 23rd, 2010
8:55 pm

Who is going to pay for it James?

Winfield J. Abbe

March 23rd, 2010
8:55 pm

U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 10, paragraph a: “No State shall…pass any bill…or law impairing the obligation of contracts…” The landlord-tenant law of Georgia specificially dictates by the State how a landlord must evict a deadbeat tenant in clear and patent and negligent violation of this provision of the U.S. Constitution the supreme law of the land. This provision clearly provides the landlord the right to contract for eviction of deadbeat tenants without interference from the State.
The administration of the law is also illegal because it unfairly requires a civil court hearing before eviction can take place while unfairly favoring store front businesses, hotels and motels and allowing them free justice by the police who routinely evict patrons from their premises with no prior hearing at all, in patent violation of the equal protection clause of the Georgia Constitution. Obviously Mr. Baker, who has done nothing about these unfair issues and patent violation of the supreme law of the land by the State of Georgia, has little regard for the rule of law. I hope the citizens of Georgia vote him out of office as soon as possible and certainly do not reward his total betrayal of the law with another undeserved position at the government trough. The many; lawyers of Georgia have also sold out and betrayed and defrauded the landlords by charging them millions of dollars for fraudulent contracts which are mostly totally unenforcible in the unfair and corrupt courts of Georgia which most of the time won’t even enforce the late charges, let alone anything else in the contracts. Mr. Baker, also a lawyer, has also done nothing about this defrauding of landlords either.

Kill the Bill

March 23rd, 2010
8:58 pm

Just as I suspected….clueless. Just sitting at home waiting for the government fairy to come deliver the check to the mailbox.

Jim Jr

March 23rd, 2010
9:00 pm

The people have spoken — last November — get used to it. New sheriff in town.

Guernica

March 23rd, 2010
9:01 pm

Deal is a moron. The only good thing about the fact that he’s running for Governor is that he is no longer my (ahem!) “Representative”. He’s delusional if he thinks he has 70%. I don’t know anyone who is planning to vote for him, and I live in a rural, poor part of Northwest Georgia which you would think would be his core constituency.

Kill the Bill

March 23rd, 2010
9:01 pm

You’re right Jim Jr……the people will get it right this coming November.

Kill the Bill

March 23rd, 2010
9:04 pm

Guernica….illegal aliens can’t vote so it doesn’t matter what you think.

Amy

March 23rd, 2010
9:15 pm

I find it quite interesting that I see people saying the majority of people in Georgia want this…Where are these people? Not one person I know is in favor of this, not a single one. Rest assured that I will not be voting for any politician that supported this bill this November. While there are a few positive aspects of the health care, the negative outwieghs them. The polls show that the majority of citizens were against this and all of it was ignored with a “We know better than you attitude”. It sickens me!

Jim Jr

March 23rd, 2010
9:23 pm

Such poor losers. And the sad thing – for them — the only real support for Far Right comes from the 55 and over group — which are diminishing each day. Majority of new voters are going Independent but an over 3 to 1 majority identify with environment, religous freedom, global warming.

Life is good – and getting better — as the over 55 keep aging……

No Chicken Little

March 23rd, 2010
9:35 pm

I was watching The Biggest Loser tonight, but it wasn’t on NBC, it was on CNN and it starred the entire Republican Party!

Tom

March 23rd, 2010
9:39 pm

Wow, USA Today (hardly a liberal publication) reports 49% of the public support the healthcare bill. 40% think it is…ahem… less than satisfactory. Wow, 40% – an overwhelming majority??? This poll was taken today.

So, when you lose your job and/or healthcare – where you gonna go when you or your family is sick? When your house has been foreclosed and your retirement liquidated…. huh? It happens – thousands of times a day. Just be glad you have been blessed to not (yet) be in that situation. The odds of that happening are much greater than winning the lottery!

And of course, to whom do we complain? The insurance company? right…..

joe

March 23rd, 2010
9:51 pm

sounds like all the people in this chat that are for health care reform probably are on welfare this is another way for them to suck my hard working money out of my pocket you people make me sick!! get a darn job !! you want health insurance drive a 1996 honda like me and buy it!! sell your $3000.00 rims im sick of you oboma nuts you like a bunch of sheep before you know it he will be buying your toilet paper

joe

March 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

i was a democrat from ny now i’m a republican in ga

retiredds

March 23rd, 2010
9:56 pm

I don’t think GA Republicans like Deal really understand the Constitution. They had their tort reform bill shot down unanimously by the GA Supreme Court. As usual they are out to placate their base. Deal and others will lose again but they can go around all puffed up because they don’t have anything better to do.

Jim Jr

March 23rd, 2010
9:59 pm

But joe — if we make you sick – you will have good health insurance. Seriously — keep those tax dollars comming in — 2 jobs maybe — we all apreciate it — and someone has to do it — so just as well be ——!

huckleberry

March 23rd, 2010
10:02 pm

lol @buckmaster, haircut. good one!

joe

March 23rd, 2010
10:07 pm

sounds good but i think the change your in for is not the one your expecting let me give you a sneek peek of whats to come my grandma 76 years old never voted republican in her life she will in 2012

joe

March 23rd, 2010
10:13 pm

a college degree is like a food stamp i repair computers for a living they call me because they cant do they school work cause there computers mess up how bout put the disk in that says system restore cd this is the future of america oh well we will be speeking Chinese in 100 years

No Chicken Little

March 23rd, 2010
10:19 pm

Go Thurbert!! Go Thurbert!! I love seeing these desparate angry white men squirm because they are losing their power to the Dems…and I’m white.

Jim Jr

March 23rd, 2010
10:22 pm

Have a masters but hurt my back surfing when I was 26 and have been on disablity since then. Takes some time to know how things work but is not a bad living. Only problem really is keeping my activites (love water skiing & snowboarding) under wraps. Authorities take a dim view of a disabled person water skiing…..