Sue the president becomes common practice for Georgia attorney general – archyde

The US Supreme Court will deal with two of these challenges in January. One is a vaccination order for medical personnel. The other would require companies with more than 100 employees to have their employees vaccinated or tested on a regular basis.

Challenging the president is not a unique strategy.

According to a database owned by Marquette University’s Professor Paul Nolette, which tracks attorney general and state litigation, attorneys general filed 157 lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s administration during his four-year tenure.

During President Barack Obama’s tenure, attorneys general filed 78 complaints. During his eight-year tenure, 76 lawsuits were filed against the administration of President George W. Bush.

By November 20, the attorney general had filed at least 33 lawsuits against Democrat Biden in his first year in office. Georgia is a plaintiff in seven of these legal challenges.

“You are concerned that the presidency is assuming too much power without the approval of Congress,” said Kerwin Swint, a political scientist at Kennesaw State University. “But very often it is partial.”

In other words, Republican attorneys general tend to file more lawsuits against Democratic presidents, and Democratic attorneys generals are more likely to file lawsuits against Republican governments.

The effectiveness of a lawsuit against the federal government depends on the strength of the arguments put forward, said Swint. And when attorneys general sue a presidential administration, it usually makes headlines and that could affect voters.

“They don’t always win, but I think they are increasingly seeing that as a potentially effective strategy,” said Swint. “It’s a way of going against something they reject.”

Many of the lawsuits that Carr has joined on behalf of Georgia are Republican topics of conversation. Georgia has joined lawsuits challenging the Biden government’s executive order banning discrimination against transgender students and workers, as well as three challenges in Biden’s policies to curb oil and gas development.

Carr has been targeted by some Republican voters angry that his office was defending the 2020 presidential election results – which Trump lost – against false fraud allegations in court.

In April, he resigned as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, a national group that advocates and fundraises GOP attorneys general. The group funded robocalls urging Trump supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol to push for the election result to be overturned on the January 6th riot day.

While Carr hasn’t announced a Republican lead challenger, two Democrats are running for attorney general – including Charlie Bailey, who narrowly lost to Carr, who benefited from the overwhelming financial backing of the Republican Attorneys General Association in 2018.

Bailey said he believes attorneys general should sue the federal government if a policy violates the rights of Georgia citizens and protects them from harm. Carr’s lawsuits against vaccine mandates don’t do this, Bailey said.

“By challenging vaccine requirements and regulations – the net result is that in 100 years fewer people will be protected from the most dangerous virus by the combination of its lethality and its transmissibility,” he said. “That means more people will die. That is the end result. “

Republicans at all levels of government have grappled with sensitive issues that will get their electorate going and getting them to the polls. And it worked in other states.

Earlier this year, Republican elected officials across the country tried to ensure K-12 schools did not teach critical racial theory. It is very unlikely that the legal level concept – based on the idea that racism is a social construct embedded in all aspects of our lives, including legal systems and policies – will be taught in Georgia’s elementary schools.

The theory, often referred to as the CRT, became the central theme of Virginia’s tight gubernatorial race that drove voters out and overpowered Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

Jen Jordan, a Democratic senator running against Carr, said that while she understands that there are times when the state needs to challenge a presidential government, she says that many of the cases that Carr has joined are mostly political moves, which were taken to support his re-election campaign.

“The problem with Carr is that he really only used it as a political weapon and signed anything and everything with a sharp party edge,” said Jordan. “That shouldn’t be what drives the Attorney General. The attorney general should act impartially and not use his powers for things that are only intended to help him politically in an election year. “

Carr said the lawsuits, which he joined on behalf of the state, were not for political reasons, but to protect Georgians from federal abuse.

“I will fight vaccine mandates, indoctrinate our children with CRT, federal regulations that are driving gas prices so high, and the (Justice Department) highly political lawsuits over our electoral law,” said Carr. “Democrats consider the protection of life and livelihoods to be political. I call it doing my job. “

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