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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 11:57am

House Republicans Look to Impeach A.G. Baker

Updated: 4 years ago.
Attorney General Thurbert Baker says "there was not a viable legal claim" to pursue a lawsuit against new federal health care mandates.

More than 30 Republican House members want to impeach Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker because he will not sue the federal government over health care legislation.

The impeachment resolution in the state House needs a majority there and then a two-thirds majority in the state Senate to be successful.

State Republicans are angry with Baker because he refused to sue the Obama Administration on behalf of Governor Perdue. Baker says he is not intimidated by the fact that some Republicans want to impeach him.

"And I'm convinced that the position that I have taken is absolutely correct. There is no legal basis to file a lawsuit against the federal government in this case. We're right and we're gonna stand by our conviction."

Democrats hold enough seats in the state Senate block the impeachment.

Governor Sonny Perdue says the legislature a few bigger problems to fix, before they should occupy themselves with impeachment proceeding. But the Governor says lawmakers have the right to start the proceedings.