New Voices Against Monserrate
October 20th, 2009

Add Sen. Bill Perkins and Comptroller Bill Thompson to the list of politicians who think Sen. Hiram Monserrate should resign after being convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge.

Azi Payabarah of the Observer reported that Thompson told reporters today, “I think its becoming clearer, and clearer each and every day that in this case of domestic abuse is one that, in spite of the fact that he was only convicted of a misdemeanor, people feel that elected officials should be held to higher standards, and that senator Monserrate needs to step aside. Thompson was asked if he agreed with that sentiment and he indicated he did.

Perkins told WABC yesterday, “In my community domestic violence is a very, very big thing. Since that interview Perkins has released a statement condemning Monserrate.

Perkins is the first black senator to come out against Monserrate. Much has been made of the fact that the first series of senators to speak out against Monserrate were white. Senate leaders have done their best to play down the appearance of racial tension.

Here is Perkins’ full statement: “With his conviction for assaulting a woman, I call on Hiram Monserrate to do what is right for his constituents, for the State Senate and the entire state. In this time when New York State faces such serious challenges and must deal with a $3 billion deficit, it is more important than ever that elected officials focus solely on the needs of the people of this state. The courts have ruled that Mr. Monserrate is guilty of a violent crime against a woman. Domestic violence is far too prevelant in our society and must not be tolerated or treated lightly. Under the circumstances Mr. Monserrates presence in the State Senate distracts all of us from our obligation to doing the peoples business. We need to earn the publics trust. Mr. Monserrate must do the right thing and resign today.”

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