NY Dem Defections Hand Control to GOP and Kills Gay Marriage Vote

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A parliamentary move (some would describe as treason) by two antigay marriage Democrats stole control of the New York state Senate on Monday when two New York City DINO Dems — egged on by billionaire businessman Tom Galisano, crossed the aisle and voted with the GOP, thus throwing the fledgling Democratic majority out of power.

Despite New York’s alleged liberal reputation, Democrats held the Senate for barely five months after being out of power for four decades.

The two DINO Democrats who played the pivotal role are:

Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx
Sen. Hiram Monserrate of Queens

Both Espada and Monserrate have highly questionable histories while in the senate.

In May 2009, Sen. Espada was fined $13,553 by the senate leadership for consistently failing to file campaign finance reports.

But it is Sen. Monserrate’s behavior that is most troubling. In March 2009, he was indicted on charges of slashing his girlfriend’s face with a broken glass in a fight in his Queens apartment. A grand jury charged him with three counts of felony assault on girlfriend Karla Giraldo and three counts of misdemeanor assault.

The coup in Albany throws into doubt the passage of same-sex marriage, one of the major policy issues still pending before the senate in the last two weeks of the regular session.

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16 Responses to NY Dem Defections Hand Control to GOP and Kills Gay Marriage Vote

  1. feminazi says:

    Is this even legal? I watched the feed here last night in Bridgeport and I wondered what Sens. Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate were promised by Tom Galisano? And, has AG Andrew Cuomo issued a statement? Crickets, I tell you, crickets. This is a very bad day for New York but a really bad day for Gov. David Paterson. I can’t believe we passed gay marriage equality here in Connecticut but big states like New York and California can’t get it done.

  2. VicoDANIEL says:

    The irony is, both Sens. Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate represent overwhelmingly Democratic districts. Republicans don’t have a chance there.

    But, let’s be honest. Many Hispanics are socially conservative and they’re Catholic. A deadly mixture vis a vis gay rights. Not to mention abortion rights and family planning.

    In Monserrate’s case. he beat the shit out of his girlfriend and cut up her face with broken glass but as a machismo Hispanic male, he can go home and tell his constituents he stood up to the queers who want to get married.


  3. Mets Fan says:

    New York is a banana republic. Always has been and always will be.

    I grew up in Flushing, in Queens and over the years watched as more and more of our neighbors sold their houses and left the state. The main reasons were: 1. taxes, and 2. the cost of living.

    When the family was all grown, my parents sold our home and moved to Carrboro, NC. They never looked back and they say they should have done it while we were still in school.

    The weather in Carrboro is mild, it’s historic and the property taxes on their newer, detached home is 1/4th of what they were bilked by New York state in Flushing.

    My parents aren’t unique. From 2000 to 2008, nearly 2 million New Yorkers permanently moved out of the state. The main reasons were: 1. taxes, and 2. the cost of living.

    It never changes. New York is a failed state.

  4. Joe in Colorado says:

    Don’t know much about NY politics but if these two DINOS have the ethics problems you describe then it sounds to me like they’re honeying up to the GOP in order to survive. The leader of the Democratic senate needs to punish them. Stripe them of their committee roles and fine them up the wazoo.

  5. Rachel says:

    Why is Tom Galisano still meddling in New York state politics? I thought he moved to Florida to escape the punitive property taxes? He needs to get the hell out of Albany and go home. I’m sick of him.

  6. Adirondacky says:

    New York is hopeless. I long ago wrote the state off and even stopped voting. Nothing changes no matter who is governor. Look at our two senators: Charles Schumer and Kristin Gillibrand. They’re an embarrassment to liberals and progressives. I’m with Mets Fan. I’ve decided to move away to a less expensive state where I can actually think of retiring one day and not work until I’m 80.

  7. Massagatto says:

    The rumor is, Gulliani, Pataki and even Spitzer are quietly watching this circus unfold and plan to launch exploratory committees to reenter the political arena.

    The more things change in New York, the more they remain the same.

  8. JollyRoger says:

    There has been a shift in NY, even upstate. I predict that these asshats just guaranteed an expanded dem majority in the next election cycle, whether or not they manage to hold on themselves.

  9. Jim says:

    Is the message seems to be: the folks with the most dollars (Golisano) can dictate state government in New York.

  10. I wanted to pass this along to everyone. Especially, to those readers fortunate enough to not live in New York.

    On the drive to work this morning, I listened to a local AM radio talkshow on politics. The guest was Republican Sen. Joe Rohrbach.

    Regarding yesterday’s coup d’etat, Rohrbach said the following:

    “This is a new day for New York.”
    “The years of obstruction in Albany have come to an end.”
    “No one need worry. The men and women you elected to office are still your representatives.”
    “At last, New York can move forward.”

    OK, Sen. Rohrbach. I have a long memory and I am very patient. In 6 months, I expect everything that ails New York will be fixed. If not, you will have some splainin’ to do, pal.

  11. retahyajyajav says:

    New York is like every other large state.

    Be it California, Texas, Florida, Illinois or New York, state like these are so large and unwieldy with so many competing factions and special interests that they are ungovernable.

    If New York screws up and fails to pass marriage equality, it will join California as a failed state to be ridiculed and derided.

  12. JollyRoger says:

    If you think the states are screwed up, just think about the Federal Government for a second. By percentages, the Federal debt is TEN TIMES California’s, and it has been that way for awhile now.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll re-iterate it: the United States is a failed entity and doomed to schism.

  13. lea-lea says:

    My sis lived in New York for two years. She said it is the most corrupt place she’s ever lived.

    She had to tip the furniture salesman to get her couch and chair ($2,400 for the pair, BTW) on the delivery schedule, then tip the drivers to haul them up one flight, then tip the building supe to let them use the freight elevator on a Saturday.

  14. Mauigirl says:

    I feel as if it really is traitorous of them, to the voters who voted for them. They didn’t vote for them as Republicans but as Democrats. The whole thing stinks.

  15. libhomo says:

    Galisano’s corrupt actions are an example of why we need publicly financed campaigns.

  16. Those two douche bags are going to Club Fed–Monserrate will be there sooner rather than later. It’s a final fuck you. That said, I agree with the other New Yorkers–former NYers. I live in NYC now and I am just appalled. I feel like I can’t even vote any more because, really, Kristin Gillibrand? Schumer? Mayor Mike (b/c he will win by buying the votes, just like the last two times)? The other douche bags? That said, I hear Rep. Maurice Hinchey is a good guy. That’s about it.

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