Commenting about Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett joining AGs in 10 other states in a lawsuit against the federal health care bill, Gov. Rendell had this to say
Because any lawyer worth their salt will tell the governors [sic], that there’s something called the federal supremacy clause and this controls
By implication, the Attorneys General – all of whom are not only lawyers, but the highest ranking attorneys in their states – aren’t worth their salt.
The AGs are suing on the grounds that the federal mandates violate the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, and the supremacy clause doesn’t play a role here. Gov. Rendell may be confused by state legislation that would protect individuals against federal mandates…but he’s still wrong.