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Anti-Gay NY Sen. Monserrate Expelled Over Assault Conviction

Late on Tuesday, the New York state senate voted 53-8 to expel Senator Hiram Monserrate, convicted last year of attacking his girlfriend, slashing her face with glass, and dragging her through his apartment building.

Monserrate  As you may recall, Monserrate is a Democrat from Queens who voted against the marriage equality bill when it came up late last year.

The NYT: "...rather than bringing the issue to a close, the expulsion vote could be the beginning of a lengthy legal fight that could create further instability in Albany’s volatile political atmosphere. Mr. Monserrate said on Tuesday that he planned to run in the special election. Even as the Senate moved forward with the vote, Mr. Monserrate’s lawyers were drafting a temporary restraining order seeking to have him reinstated. One of the lawyers, Norman Siegel, said the order would be filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan."

The NYDN: "The defiant Queens Democrat told the senators he hopes none of them slip up one day and find themselves "at the mercy of certain colleagues with unfortunate political agendas." He also apologized to his colleagues and asked for their 'forbearance and foregiveness.' 'I know that my behavior has brought unwelcome discredit to this chamber, and for that, I am deeply sorry,' he said. 'But, as Rev. Jesse Jackson once said, 'God isn't through with me yet.'' Gov. Paterson on Tuesday night immediately called a special election for March 16 to fill Monserrate's seat."

Several buddies of the anti-gay girlfriend beater voted against his expulsion, including: Ruben Diaz, Pedro Espada, Martin Dilan, Carl Kruger, John Sampson, Eric Adams, Kevin Parker and Monserrate himself.

Watch Diaz and Espada speak before their votes, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Good riddance. Can we toss out that ass, Diaz, as well?

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 10, 2010 8:19:53 AM

  2. Hope that they don't slip up??? How is assaulting someone and slicing their face a "slip up"?

    Squeal piggy!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Feb 10, 2010 11:42:51 AM

  3. I'm glad that the Senate took this action, but in the piece you lump together the No Votes as "buddies of the anti gay girlfriend beater." My state senator is Eric Adams, who is a champion of marriage equality here in New York. To my knowledge, he was in favor of censure and not total expulsion. The story made it appear as if he's in thick with Monserrate, and that's not true.

    Posted by: Alberto | Feb 10, 2010 12:13:18 PM

  4. Three of the pro-Monserrate votes were also anti-marriage equality votes: Diaz, Kruger, and Monserrate. It's amazing to me (but shouldn't be), listening to Diaz, that this is still all about them and not about doing what's right or about doing the state's business. Diaz has to be the most pompous, most ignorant, most arrogant piece of trash that has ever been elected to public office.

    Posted by: Don | Feb 10, 2010 1:22:11 PM

  5. it is not surprising that this group who voted for the girl friend abusing monster rat also were part of the democrats who voted against gay marriage so it okay to okay to abuse your girlfriend but not marry your boyfriend he got what he deserved and now on to espada and diaz

    Posted by: walter | Feb 10, 2010 1:58:01 PM

  6. Diaz is such a disturbing woman hater.

    Posted by: libhomo | Feb 10, 2010 3:50:04 PM

  7. One down... seven to go... let's get all of the Crazy Eight out!

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Feb 11, 2010 2:05:23 AM

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