Lockwood: Bennet is Big Pharma’s puppet
DENVER, Colo.—If any politician could manage to outrage progressives, Black Lives Matter activists, constitutional conservatives, libertarians and anti-establishment Coloradans — all at once — it is Sen. Michael Bennet.
Bennet is pushing a top corporate lawyer for a federal district court seat who defended McDonald’s in a racial discrimination case. Regina Rodriquez’s lengthy track-record of defending the powerful, privileged and well-connected is magnified when it comes to her work defending drug companies.
“Coloradans across the political spectrum are not going to vote for a pharma puppet who puts big drug companies above victims,” said Jonathan Lockwood, a veteran Republican strategist and spokesperson running to lead the Colorado Republican Party. “Sen. Michael Bennet would be better suited to lobby for special interests than to represent Coloradans.”
Rodriguez worked on behalf of Dianon Systems. Per The American Prospect she worked against a case “by a patient alleging the company mislabeled a biopsy result, which caused him to undergo an unnecessary prostate removal.” Rodriquez went to bat for Eli Lilly in a case where patients suffered as a result of being prescribed antidepressant Cymbalta. She also represented the so-called “dietary-supplement company” Musclepharm in a class action suit, and defended Bristol Myers Squibb in a case from of their antipsychotic drug Abilify.
“Instead of pushing someone who seeks accountability from drug companies, Bennet is putting up someone who goes to bat for them,” said Lockwood. “Republicans and Democrats alike should be outraged that Bennet is putting pharma profits and drug company defense attorneys ahead of people.”
Ahead of inauguration incoming White House counsel Dana Remus indicated Biden would be moving swiftly on judgeships for circuit and district courts, and that he wanted recommendations. The letter to Senate Democrats asked for senators to leave out the usual corporate lawyers.
“With respect to U.S. District Court positions, we are particularly focused on nominating individuals whose legal experiences have been historically underrepresented on the federal bench, including those who are public defenders, civil rights and legal aid attorneys, and those who represent Americans in every walk of life,” Remus’s letter read.
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