It was clear the color of the trunks reflects the background and experience of the fighters. They come into the ring having had different training and experiences. Baker who reminds me of the guy Orrin Markhus who used to skate in the Ice Capades who was part of the Old Smoothies duo is an old hardened pro of the Republican style; Rollins recalls an up-and-comer not confined by any previous style but new to the slippery gang-up tactics used by old timers within the ropes.
The fight started with a hard left hook by
Markhus Baker. Baker was taught that hook by Thomas A. Truco, III who is the Secretary of Public Safety having been appointed in December 2018. Truco, a life-long public servant from Auburn with a background in probation work and a short stint in the corrections area, with no background in police work – which is very different from probation work – and no street sense having hardly settled down in his office after four months began feeling his oats so he decided to become an officious intermeddler by publicly chastising Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins about her plans for running her district attorney’s office.
Rollins was backed into the corner with the barrage of criticisms thrown at her, especially by a guy who wasn’t involved in police work or prosecutions. She kept her gloves high against the onslaught of lefts and rights but threw out a soft jab saying she represented “the interests of people who voted overwhelmingly for the bold changes I’ve made.” That did little to change her position.
With another soft jab, as if having been taken back badly by Baker’s relentless attack she seemed to be ready to throw in the towel saying: “I’d be happy to address his hypothetical concerns with some of our real world experience anytime he wants to pick up the phone.” Again little changed. Reeling from punch after punch the Marquess of Queensberry rules like a mouthpiece came flying out of her head. Unlike
Orrin Charlie or his buddy Truco she learned to fight on the streets of hard knocks. Mentally, she was now back on these streets rather than in the polite ring of politics.
As Charlie closed for the kill Rollins seeing her chance for the title evaporating – she instinctively struck back. The move using Charlie’s son’s favored status in the criminal justice system – where he got a “do you know who I am” pass others would not have received through the good auspices of the federal prosecutors who will want something for having offered this benefit – was fast. It is unclear whether Rollins’s knee came up or her head butted down on Charlie because it was over in a flash. Charlie was floored. He would see that there was no way he could win this match which Truco the Third had engineered.
It never should have been scheduled. Rachael Rollins is an elected official who has the right to run her office the way she sees fit. The governor or his assistants had a right to be displeased with her doings. The incorrect thing to do in that circumstance is to write a letter. Truco was way off base doing what he did. If he had problems with Rollins he should have arranged for a meeting with her to discuss them.
Which brings me to the real question. Why did Truco decide he should interfere with Rollins as she attempts to change a system that is in dire need of changing? What audience is he playing to? Doesn’t he have enough to do with the problems in the state police? Rollins like every other district attorney is not under his jurisdiction. What she does is none of his business. I know of no other case where the Secretary of Public Safety intruded his judgment on a district attorney who has been elected to office by her constituents.
Is there something different about Rachael Rollins that prompted this attack?