In Michigan
6:31 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Granholm faults Cox for fighting health overhaul

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Gov. Jennifer Granholm says Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox doesn't have authority to join a lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul.

The Democratic governor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Cox, a Republican running for governor, should retain outside counsel if he wants to fight the law.

Interviewed in Traverse City, Granholm said she and the executive branch are Cox's main clients. Granholm favors the health care overhaul. She said Cox wasn't representing her or Michigan citizens who would benefit from the law.

Cox joined Republican attorneys general from at least a dozen other states who filed suit after President Barack Obama signed the bill Tuesday.

Cox said the overhaul is an "unprecedented overreach by Congress and the President."