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Georgia governor to name special AG for health lawsuit

Photo by Donnie Ikpa

Photo by Donnie Ikpa

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue says he plans to appoint a special attorney general to sue the federal government over the new federal health care overhaul law.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Perdue said he plans to assemble a team of pro bono lawyers to file the suit.

Attorney General Thurbert Baker on Wednesday declined the governor's request to sue.

Perdue said Georgia probably will not join with other states which have filed suit.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who appeared with Perdue, said he believes voters will show their disagreement with the bill in November. Both expressed strong disapproval for threats being made against Democrats who voted for the bill.