As someone with family in the law enforcement community, I felt compelled to respond to what can only be seen by this reader as the intentional misdirection Alec DiFruscia utilized in his press statement to the Wilmington Apple, reported on July 14th.
There are three points that Mr. DiFruscia speaks to that are intentionally obscured or outright inaccurate in his statement regarding the “Lack of Transparency Around Police Bill” and lays the sole blame to the Democratic membership in the Massachusetts Senate.
First, Mr. DiFruscia wrongfully assumes there is a Democrat plot for this bill, ignoring the fact that Governor Baker, a Republican, had released a police reform bill simultaneously. This discussion most certainly does not fall under one party, as proven by Governor Baker’s actions.
Second, Mr. DiFruscia claims that the bill went without a hearing. That is true for the Senate, but the House of Representatives did indeed hold an electronic hearing for anyone in Massachusetts – a choice made by the Democratic leadership. I know this as Representative Robertson included some of my opinions in his testimony on the flaws of the presented bill, as well as emphasizing what police actively support within the proposals.
Lastly, Mr. DiFruscia states his presence would bring some change to Beacon Hill “transparency.” He seems to be completely unaware that a Representative has absolutely no influence over Senate proceedings. This is an elementary understanding of a “Checks and Balance” form of government that is utilized throughout the world, and is not even specific to Massachusetts. It concerns me that someone running for a job, especially a State Representative position, would at the very least understand the basic proceedings before making such a pretentious claim.
I am not surprised by this pomposity, nor Representative Robertson’s thorough research and discussion with our local law enforcement departments around this Bill, which Mr. DiFruscia has yet to take a public stance on. This Bill not only impacts Law Enforcement Officers, but also their families, children and the communities they serve.
A State Representative needs to represent all constituents, regardless of party denomination, equally. That most certainly does not come across to this reader in Mr. DiFruscia’s recent press statement on this important matter, and only creates speculation of a personal agenda.
Vague statements and promises are no substitute for plans and substance.
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