From the Associated Press, via Seattlepi.com: The Washington State Supreme Court has rejected the city of Seattle’s attempt to get Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna out of litigation aimed at blocking President Obama’s health care reform law.
I don’t have the legal opinion in front of me, but it appears that the justices held that Seattle has no legal standing to block McKenna’s involvement. At the same time, they indicated that the governor may outrank McKenna even though McKenna is independently elected, and the governor may have the authority to order the AG off the case.
But they didn’t actually rule on that possibility, because it was not in front of them in the lawsuit filed by the city of Seattle.
Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office has filed legal briefs supporting Obama’s reforms. Gregoire is not seeking reelection. McKenna is expected to be the GOP candidate to replace her.