Thank God Hiram Monserrate is no longer representing my community in the New York State Senate. This is a man who still believes that the rules don't exist for him:
Mr. Monserrate, meanwhile, stopped at a senior citizens’ center in Corona that served as a polling site. Apparently ignoring election rules that prohibit candidates from campaigning within 100 feet of polling stations, he walked in, shook hands with the men, hugged the women and danced salsa with students taking a class until the center’s director persuaded him to leave.
He also refuses to take responsibility for his behavior:
Hiram Monserrate is fully aware that there are a lot of people who wished that his failure to regain his old State Senate seat in a special election in Queens on Tuesday would seal his political career. And he really doesn’t care.“A lot of this reaction is based on just ignorance, on not knowing the facts, not dealing really with the issues,” he said. “There’s a lot of emotional hysteria out there.”
How very patronizing of him. He also has some delusions:
“Clearly, I will continue to serve the community and the public in one capacity or the other,” he said.
But what capacity? Might his future be outside of politics?
“That requires some reflection,” he said. “I’m not ruling anything out. Everything is on the table. What I know is that I’ll continue to be a voice for the little guy.”
Might I be so bold as to offer a suggestion? Why not volunteer at a battered women's shelter? Perhaps then he can learn why so many of us found his behavior so repellent.
Oh my God. He's worse than I thought! He has the woman whose face he slashed and who he dragged by the hair to make a thirty minute drive to a hospital to avoid being recognized at the hospital three blocks away make a
hostage video show of support for him!
For the Castellano impaired, she's saying "Hi! My name is Karla Giraldo and I'm here supporting my fiancé, Hiram Monserrate with your help in having him elected as state senator from Queens again. Yes we can!"
Doesn't the enthusiasm just ooze from her?