Huffington Post/Room 8: Did Monserrate trade quid pro quo?

Original Story at Room Eight: here. Re: NY State Senate coup, etc.

Monserrate-Golisano Smoking Gun?
June 14, 2009 / Room Eight

It appears that Hiram Monserrate–precisely as hypothesized here [Room Eight] on Friday–was/is in desperate straits for money to pay his newly acquired, $750 per-hour, super-lawyer Joe Tacopina, and keep himself from a seven-year state prison term.

Now today, by way of the New York Post, we learn that Monserrate has a “legal defense fund” that was/is soliciting quid pro quo donations.

The Post writes:

Turncoat Democrat Hiram Monserrate was accused of soliciting a donation to his legal defense fund from a lobbyist pushing for changes to a bill sponsored by the embattled Queens senator, The Post has learned.

The potentially unethical conduct landed Monserrate in hot water with state Senate leaders in April.

A Monserrate staffer sent the lobbyist an e-mail in mid-April asking for a contribution to help offset the hot-tempered pol’s burgeoning legal bills. Monserrate is fighting felony charges that he slashed his girlfriend’s face on Dec. 19…

Now, where were Tom Golisano and Steve Pigeon in “mid-April?”  After the budget had passed and Golisano decides he needs to “do something” to save the state’s future (and himself from further taxation)?  Did they make contributions to Monserrate’s “legal defense fund?”  Did Monserrate solicit donations from them?

Maybe this explains why on Thursday, during Monserrate’s agonizing half-in, half-out disquisition on the senate floor, Steve Pigeon covered his face in his hands and looked quite ashen–sick, really–as he departed the Senate gallery?

Go the swine flu or something, Steve?

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