The opposition against Hiram Monserrate is piling up. The Democratic New York Senator was convicted last week of a misdemeanor for assaulting his girlfriend and he is finding out quickly how fast his friends of the Democratic majority will dump him.
Monserrate, who was also part of the coup early this summer that deadlocked the New York State Senate is a former New York City police officer. He was welcomed by both sides during the struggle for control of the Senate at the same time he had been arrested but not yet convicted.
Several Democrats have issued cookie cutter press releases seeking to slip the noose now known as Hiram Monserrate, but he is refusing to budge and has at least one ally in Senator Ruben Diaz.
There is an entire website dedicated to him resignin: Monserrate Resign
NOW has launched an on lijne petition: Monserrate Must Go 4 Ever
Or the Albany Project: Fire Monserrate
The Democrats in the Senate majority know this issue is toxic, hence the reason they are all issuing press releases calling for his departure. The need to by pass political rhetoric in this case, put some meat on the bone and remove him.
Will they act? If they do act it will leave the chamber temporarily short of a majority needed to pass any legislation until a special election determines the next Democrat to hold Monserrate's seat. Will the Democrats choose principles overs politics even at the risk of putting the chamber in limbo again?