NY State Senate expels Senator Hiram Monserrate for abusing his girlfriend

File this one under: it’s about damn time.
State Senator Hiram Monserrate, a Democratic representative from Queens, was expelled last night from the New York State Senate by a vote of 53 to 8 after he was convicted of a misdemeanor assault for slashing his girlfriend’s face with a broken beer bottle and then dragging her through his apartment lobby. There is a video of the incident caught by the lobby security cameras.
I say it’s about damn time, because the incident that had him expelled occured last December, although he wasn’t convicted until November.
Monserrate also garnered attention last June when he and another Democrat switched parties, aligning themselves with the Republicans and subsequently creating a one month legislative deadlock in the NY State Senate.
He is vowing to appeal the expulsion and stated last night:
“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.'”
God may not be through with you yet, Monserrate, but the NY State Senate sure is.

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