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NY State Democrats closing ranks around slasher?
This is not a positive development.
(H/T: Instapundit) It’s been obscured by the Christmas season, but it looks like that incoming State Senator Hiram Monserrate’s (D) recent attack…
What? Oh, you missed it? Well, as I noted, it was obscured by Christmas. They arrested the guy after he broke a beer bottle (deliberately broken so that it’d scar more*) and then carved up his girlfriend’s face with it*. Twenty stitches around the woman’s eye, but hey: Monserrate’s supposed to be “hot-tempered” and the woman had another guy’s business card in her purse*.
You could hardly expect him to excuse that, right?
Anyway, the New York Democratic organization’s closing ranks*:
To call the Senate Democrats’ response to assault charges lodged against their future colleague, Hiram Monserrate, “muted” is actually something of an understatement.
With the exception of Minority Leader Malcolm Smith’s two-line statement, released last Friday through spokesman Austin Shafran, about the “very serious” allegation that Monserrate slashed his girlfriend’s face with a piece of glass, no member of the conference has uttered a disparaging public peep about the Queens lawmaker.
Just one, Sen. Eric Adams, has defended Monserrate, raising questions about the way his case has been handled and accusing the NYPD of trying to publicly humiliate the senator-elect because he has been an “outspoken advocate for police reform.”
Meanwhile, the chief of staff to Senate Democrat leader Malcolm Smith – one Mortimer Lawrence – stopped by to see what he could do for Monserrate. On his own hook, of course, and having nothing to do with the fact that New York Senate’s partisan breakdown for the next term is currently at 32-30 Democrat, but with a recount offering the potential to make it all tied.
Nothing at all, of course.
PS: You know who would love to hear from you? The New York GOP, that’s who.