What does the “T” stand for?
A recent Fresno Bee article stated that Henry T. Perea is abandoning the state Legislature and accepting a job proselytizing for a major U.S. pharmaceutical cartel. I recall when he ran against Ashley Swearengin for mayor. Not really following politics at the time, I voted for the one whose blond, photogenic features I would prefer to admire on the nightly news. There was also a lingering trust issue nagging me about good old Henry T.
The article quoted him saying “I think PhRMA (the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) plays a big role in health care and I look forward to helping shape that in the future.”
He is simply following in the footsteps of others who are elected to office, revert to the private-sector donors they are already pitching for, and then, most likely, in revolving-door fashion surface in another government position, as is the case of many in our nation’s capital.
This brings us back to, what does the “T.” stand for? Under a justifiably Benedict Arnold-ian lens, there is not much room for doubt.
Rich Lagomarsino, Fresno