You don’t expect to kick a Marine when he’s down and then expect him to stay down, do you?
We all remember two years ago when County turned its back on former State Senator Hiram Monseratte and anointed Jose Peralta for the seat in Jackson Heights citing Hiram’s conviction of domestic abuse.
The slap in the face (no pun intended) had the makings of a blood feud as the DSCC and Peralta campaigned on the issue nonstop saturating the airwaves with the video evidence of the ‘incident,’ however in Queens Politics you never know who might make a comeback.
The Democrats of the state Senate expelled Hiram after an investigation of the ‘incident,’ which involved a broken glass bottle, a surveillance tape, and his girlfriend Ms. Giraldo’s testimony.
Seizing an opportune moment, state Senator Toby Stavisky wrote an Op-Ed piece that reprimanded Senator Monseratte for what she called domestic violence. In the letter, she cites a lack of cooperation with the Ethics committee and inconsistent testimonies as the arc de triumph for complete expulsion.
“The assault on Ms. Giraldo was clearly one of domestic violence. We must enforce our “zero tolerance” policy concerning domestic violence,” she wrote in a searing letter to the Queens Courier.
Well, we’re not defending his actions but it’s not like the Senate expelled Toby for her unethical activities with her son either.
The come back kid. Hiram Monseratte is the crazy marine who operates one of the largest insurgency groups in Queens County – the socially conservative Hispanics. It is rumored that he is actively organizing his group to take out Gianaris or Peralta, should the chess pieces fall in line.
Let’s play out the scenario. What they probably didn’t teach Gianaris in Harvard, he’d have to learn the hard way. If Peralta does not run for Borough president, does not accept a cushy patronage post, or does not retire (as unlikely as that seems it), it could be a battle of the Golden Boys in a vicious Primary.
Peralta, long known to be a Party supporter, could go mano-e-mano with DSCC Chairman Gianaris. Considering both men are longstanding clients of the Parkside Lobbying Firm, it sure puts the group in an awkward position too – Peralta and Gianaris are both Party heavyweights. Should this happen – and it’s not a big hoax – it would be the perfect conditions for Hiram to run again, or to prop a candidate to split the heavily weighted Hispanic vote – just like he did in his successful races by galvanizing the lot of old Hispanic revolutionaries, who are now social conservatives.
This can be done as the new district merged with a sizable Hispanic demographic, whom are not all liberals, contrary to popular belief.
What about the incident, can people just forget the ‘incident’? Sure, Hiram’s got legal problems, but he probably has the time to organize a political group considering Papaya pizza was a flop.
Maybe Evan Stavisky will send Mike Sais to live above Roosevelt Ave, as an insurance policy. Rumor has it he was last seen buying the Rosettea Stone at Barnes and Noble in Bay Terrace to learn Spanish.
If Hiram has to go to prison before the Primary he can always be like John Haggerty who will be running the political operations in South Queens from behind bars like an 85-year-old mob boss.