Local Democrats desire to distance themselves
and the electorate from state senator Hiram Monserrate, recently convicted of a lesser charge
in an attack on his girlfriend, and tonight the Queens Democratic Party, the Post
confirms, will announce that it is backing a challenger for his seat
for 2010. Assemblyman Jose Peralta
is mainly known to us for his flair for self-publicity, as when he celebrated the opening of a public toilet in Corona
), and for aggressively enlisting the Dominican vote
for Freddy Ferrer in the last mayoral campaign. He has also shown some creativity in fighting crime in his district, calling in the Guardian Angels to patrol
after a vicious rape there. We suspect Queens Crap and its readers will be supporting him
in any case.
Monserrate is getting both barrels today, as the Citizens Union and three other groups filed a complain in Albany demanding he be forced to reveal more information about the contributions he's been getting for a legal defense fund.