Reckon newsletter, he becomes a shill for the rich and odious: We always knew he was a weasel.
NPR revealed this week that former senator and attorney general of Alabama, Luther Strange, has been being paid “behind the scenes” by members of the Sackler family — owners of opioid seller Purdue Pharma — while working to convince Republican attorneys general that their states should accept an opioid settlement proposed by Purdue.
“According to a source with detailed knowledge of the matter, Strange represented his clients at a gathering of the Republican Attorneys General Association in West Virginia over the summer, where he worked to convince AGs to accept Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy plan,” NPR reporter Brian Mann wrote.
Strange, a Republican, has “emerged as a prominent critic of opioid lawsuits,” NPR reported.
BLOGGER COMMENT: Actually NPR comes late to this story. The AP and AL.COM reported on the RAGA meeting in September:
Luther Strange’s role in the Purdue Pharma opioid settlement embraced by GOP states
The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up.