Fight Monserrate/Siegel: Make NY legislature safe for women

Kimberly Wilder: Vote for women (and against Monserrate)

KW writes:

Oh…my…goodness…

Former State Senator Hiram Monserrate — found guilty in the incident with his girlfriend which involved allegations of domestic abuse — just will not go away. The women of New York finally got a reprieve from a man who commits violence against women roaming the halls of our government.

But, Monserrate is appealing. And, the woman-abuser — posturing as himself a victim of discrimination — has found a civil rights attorney to play his horrible game. Egads! What is Norman Siegel thinking taking the side of the abuser? And, what were 5,000 people thinking who (evidently) signed a petition for Monserrate to run for office? Egads!

I hope there are more than 5,000 people in that district in Queens that will come out on March 16th to vote against Monserrate.

Hmmm…I think the last Democrat I ever gave money to was Congresswoman Barbara Lee in honor of her vote against war. But, maybe I have to dole out some money to the person running against Monserrate…

Jose Peralta…hmmm…at least I better look him up…

(excerpt from) Yournabe.com

Monserrate fights to regain lost Senate position
After judge denies appeal, disgraced politician accumulates 5,500 signatures to register in election

By Jeremy Walsh/ Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) has filed petition signatures for the special election for his seat and appealed a federal court ruling last week that declined to interfere with the vote expelling him from the Senate.

Monserrate gathered 5,500 signatures by the Monday night deadline to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for the March 16 election. He will face Democratic contender state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and a Republican contender who remained unnamed by press time Tuesday.

Monserrate, whose expulsion came on the heels of a misdemeanor conviction for assaulting his girlfriend…

Norman Siegel, the noted civil rights attorney in charge of Monserrate’s expulsion appeal, said he had filed a request for an expedited hearing before the federal Court of Appeals…

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