Gov. Sonny Perdue is butting heads with the state’s top lawyer, threatening to “go it alone” and sue the federal government over a new federal health care law.

Attorney General Thurbert Baker on Wednesday declined the Republican governor’s request to sue over the health care law, arguing the state doesn’t have a “a viable legal claim.”

“I cannot in good conscience file a lawsuit against the United States that I believe has little or no chance of success and will undoubtedly consume significant state resources in a time of severe budgetary crisis,” Baker wrote in a letter to the governor. Baker is seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Perdue.

Perdue says the state could hire legal council to sue the federal government.