Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) announced Thursday he will appoint a "special attorney general" so that his state to join a lawsuit challenging the new healthcare law.

The lawsuit was originally filed by 13 states' Republican attorneys' general. Perdue wanted Georgia to join as well but the state's attorney general, Democrat Thurbert Baker, would not join it, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Baker is running for governor in the fall. 

Perdue claims that the state's constitution gives him legal authority to appoint the "special attorney general" considering Baker would not follow his order to join the suit. 

Republicans are using the suit, which disputes the constitutionality of several portions of the law, as one of the main means of challenging the overhaul signed by President Barack Obama Tuesday.

The Obama administration on Wednesday called the lawsuit "completely without merit" and suggested it is a political stunt to cast attention on the attorneys general who filed it, several of whom are running for higher office.

Georgis Democrats have requested that communications between Perdue's office and national Republicans be released. Baker originally refused to join the suit because he said it is likely to fail and would cost the taxpayers money.