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.