Monserrate's verdict is another hit for the sorry state that is the Democrat party. Monserrate not only abuses women (where's the National Organization for Women on this?), but he had a starring role in this summer's Senate coup, double-crossing both parties and throwing the chamber into chaos for a month. Granted, Monserrate is getting tons of heat from fellow Dems to resign, but he's already said he won't and why should he? After all, with the cesspool that is the current state of the Democrat party, corrupt pols like Monserrate fit right in.
State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was cleared of the most serious charges against him in the assault of his girlfriend Thursday - but he still faces the wrath of his fellow lawmakers.
Queens Supreme Court Justice William Erlbaum acquitted Monserrate of felony charges of slashing girlfriend Karla Giraldo with a broken glass, but convicted him of misdemeanor assault. He faces up to a year in jail, but can hang onto his Senate seat.
Within minutes of the verdict, Republicans flat out called for Monserrate's resignation - and embarrassed Democrats vowed to punish the controversial Queens pol.
"I was praying that [expletive deleted] would get convicted and he would be gone," one furious Democratic senator said.
Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) said that "if ouster is an option . . . it should be seriously considered."
"It's an assault against a woman," he said. "I would hope he would just step aside and move on, but I know better. He ain't going anywhere."
Monserrate said nothing about quitting the Legislature after the verdict.