Rep. Mark Hatfield on with Neil Cavuto

April 1, 2010 9:59 am

by Pete Randall · 13 comments

As Jim Galloway notes this morning, state Representative Mark Hatfield was on Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday on FOX News to discuss HR 1866, his resolution to impeach Attorney General Thurbert Baker.

Part-Time Atlanta April 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

I have never been a fan of Rep. Hatfield after watching him bicker in committee meetings, etc. But I am impressed with his performance on Cavuto and don’t mind giving credit when it is due. Thanks for not pulling a H. Johnson and embarrassing GA.

RuralDem April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

So, can Rep. Hatfield or any of the other sponsors actually cite the specific text in the Georgia Constitution that Baker violated?

It’s one thing to sit there on the television draft a resolution calling Baker’s actions “shameful”, it’s another to actually provide something to back up the claims. Even the resolution does not cite any specifics in the Georgia Constitution.

This extends beyond supporting or not supporting the HCR legislation passed by Congress. It seems more like certain GOP House members playing politics instead of actually doing the job of legislating.

It’s fine that 15 Attorneys General are filing suits, but they’re in the minority. One Democrat in LA decided to join, so what? Rep. Hatfield apparently does not feel confident enough to mention that other AGs have come out recently against filing suit.

Are there issues with the healthcare legislation? Of course. Which hey, since Jerguson and Hill have no problems raising taxes, they’ll just vote to raise taxes somewhere to makeup for the cost of legal expenses. Maybe Hatfield thinks money grows on trees.

Normally I try to steer clear from this type of bashing, but honestly, this is pathetic and nothing but a political ploy. I’m all for having a debate on the merits of legislation and discussing the perceived good and bad, but this resolution is simply pathetic.

Also, and I could be way off on this one, but Perdue and Baker have had disputes before about lawsuits, right? If so, where were these guys back then? Oh, that’s right, sitting on the sidelines because there was no perceived political gain.

Hatfield and the other co-signers deserve a primary challenge. Forget a Democrat winning these seats, just put a competent Republican in there.

Part-Time Atlanta April 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

Maybe that’s why leadership isn’t backing his bill.

RuralDem April 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

That’s another question to add, if Baker has truly committed such a “shameful” action, then why haven’t more members signed on?

Something tells me if he truly violated the duties of his office, it’d be easy to get a minimum of half of the members of the opposing MAJORITY party to sign on.

RuralDem April 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

Question, let’s say the impeachment proceedings miraculously go forward or Baker decides to file suit with the other AGs, either way where will the money come from to pay all of the legal fees involved?

Last time I checked, we’re suffering pretty bad in this state.

Will Hatfield and the other signers agree to raise taxes in order to pay Georgia’s share of the cost of participating in such a lawsuit?

Bill30097 April 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

I guess Rural Dum would rather pay the extra billions required under the bill

benevolus April 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

The bill is projected to actually save us $100 billion over 10 years.

Bill30097 April 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

“The bill is projected to actually save us $100 billion over 10 years.”

By whom? the tooth fairy? Are you stupid enough to believe that?

RuralDem April 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

Ah, here we go, grasping for straws….

I guess Bill30097 considers the taxpayers money to be in abundance, and has no problem wasting it on a battle that’s being waged not for legality, but simply for political points.

Bill30097 April 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I guess Rural Dem considers the taxpayers money to be in abundance, and has no problem wasting it on an unconstitutional health bill which will bankrupt the country and several states.

ByteMe April 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Umm… RuralDem? Bill’s a McBerry supporter. And that’s not code words.

RuralDem April 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm


I didn’t notice that, thanks.

There’s no point in trying to reason with some people.

B Balz April 1, 2010 at 10:49 am

Carpe Diem to he good Rep from Waycross. Never let an opportunity for earned media trump facts.

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