Gregoire Responds Exactly How You Would Expect to News of McKenna’s Lawsuit Against Federal Govt

The drama grows…


Health care bill has WA Gov. and Attorney Gen. at legal odds

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Governor and Attorney General are squaring off over the newly approved health care reform bill.

Attorney General Rob McKenna says Washington will be one of at least ten states that will file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform bill. But, Gov. Chris Gregoire says she “totally disagrees” with McKenna’s opinion and will fight it.


“The individual insurance mandate is unprecedented in American history in requiring the American people to go out and buy a product in the private market,” said McKenna.


Gregoire, a Democrat, supports the legislation and says she disagrees with the McKenna’s opinion.

“He did not call and consult me,” said Gregoire, “I don’t know who he represents. He does not represent me.”

McKenna said he does not need Gregoire’s “blessing” to file a lawsuit on behalf of the state.

“My role is to defend the State Constitution and the people of the state,” said McKenna, “That includes defending the state from inappropriate actions by the federal government.”

McKenna says the 10th Amendment protects states from being forced to follow federal laws that are not covered by the U.S. Constitution.

Right on, Rob!

As for Christine saying she doesn’t know who McKenna represents, that’s exactly how so many Washingtonians feel about her. Hence her 31% approval rating, an all-time low since she’s been in office.

(HT: It’s Only Words)


5 Responses to Gregoire Responds Exactly How You Would Expect to News of McKenna’s Lawsuit Against Federal Govt

  1. Bill says:

    “To regulate Commerce… among the several States” — Article One of the Constitution.

    One state affects another. There is no state in a bubble. The government has been given the right to regulate interstate commerce. This is a part of it, and there are many different laws that regulate many different kinds of economic activities.

    The 10th Amendment says:

    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    NOT delegated by the Constitution goes to the states. This is a power that is delegated to Congress. The President, House, and Senate all saw the mandate as constitutional. That is why it passed. Not because the Democrats are illegal… because the bill is allowed by the Constitution.

  2. DCG says:

    “or to the people”. The majority of people do not want this. Our so-called “reps” I.e. the Dems (not all) wanted this. This bill did not pass according to Article I Section 7. this is an unconstitutional bill(s) that doesn’t pass the test…

  3. John says:

    Invoking my First Amendment right: I support Mr. McKenna for standing up and defending Washingtonians against unconstitutional acts. Gregoire’s comments are not welcome.

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