Political action committee Fight Back New York recently condemned state Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) for his support of ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, who is running for a vacant assembly seat in 2010, as well as other Queens senators who voted against gay marriage.
In a release today, Fight Back NY called Diaz’s support of “a convicted domestic abuser like Hiram Monserrate” disgusting, and cited it as a reason why Diaz was “totally unfit for office.” Monserrate was ousted from his seat in February after he was convicted of misdemeanor assault for dragging girlfriend Karla Giraldo out of his apartment by her hair in December 2008.
In a letter, which was later posted on Capital Tonight’s State of Politics blog, Diaz asked Christian constituents to pray for and vote for Monserrate, as well as state senators Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) and Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose).
“The homosexual community has targeted the three of them and put candidates – funded with money from the homosexual community – so their candidate can vote for gay marriage next year.
“Therefore, I am counting on all of you to not only pray for Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate, but to also offer them all of the support and help that you can give during their re-election efforts or elections to another position.”
Diaz, along with Monserrate and Sen. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), helped precipitate the leadership crisis in the state Senate last year by briefly defecting to the Republican camp in an effort to win concessions from Democratic leaders.