In the waning days of his administration, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty seeks to lend his name to an effort to block the implementation of Obamacare on constitutional grounds.
Along with Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri, Pawlenty is seeking permission from a federal judge to submit a friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit brought by the state of Florida. The lawsuit support from 19 other states, demonstrating widespread dissatisfaction with the law. Neither Pawlenty’s official site nor the site of his political action committee contain a copy of the filing (at least as I write this).
There are many deficiencies with the law. According to The Politico, the statement by Pawlenty and Carcieri says the new law is a “federal abuse of the spending power” that governors must oppose. It also says the new law is ambiguous.
The Pioneer Press mentions in its article on the filing that the lawsuit has gained a lot of attention from private parties as well as public officials across the country. “A coalition of state lawmakers opposing the law was not joined by anyone from Minnesota, but a similar brief filed on behalf of numerous congressional representatives was joined by GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline.”