Things are not looking good for State Senator Hiram Monserrate. The NY Times reports that the Queens Democratic party is "expected to dump" him, after his misdemeanor conviction for reckless assaulting his girlfriend: "It is extremely rare for a party to seek to unseat one of its own incumbents, even those dogged by scandal."
The Times adds that Queens Democratic Party head Joseph "Crowley’s move against Mr. Monserrate — the political equivalent of an excommunication — reflects the growing frustration among many Democratic officials with Mr. Monserrate, who has rebuffed calls that he resign." Crowley explained, "I’ve had enough. And it’s not just me. I think the community has had enough."
José Peralta, an Assemblyman, is looking to challenge Monserrate for the seat. He said, "I get calls in my office from people who are angry that he is representing us. You need someone who is focused on the district and not focused on legal issues or soap opera issues." Yes—just yesterday in the soap opera, Monserrate's girlfriend asked the judge to drop the restraining order that prevents the two of them from being together.