Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Posted by Jeff Lipshaw
I am reminded every day by the bumper sticker on a car parked along our street (between our house and the T station in Porter Square) that my new governor is Deval Patrick (left), the former general counsel of The Coca-Cola Company. So I was impressed when I heard the other day that one of the possible replacements for Alberto Gonzales was Larry D. Thompson (right), currently the general counsel of Pepsico, Inc.
Both, I suspect, have impressive bona fides. And there are plenty of other companies with minority GCs (DuPont and Deere, just to name two) so that can't be it. (Note to self: would I ask that question if they were both Jewish or both women? Something to think about.) One is a Democrat; one is a Republican, so that's not it. I would not have thought that the food, drink, and entertainment industries had particular need for "political" lawyers (versus, say, a defense contractor). Is this just a funny coincidence? Or does the road to political power go through the cola wars?