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NY Senate explels senator for being involved in drag

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  1. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    New York Senate expels senator over assault

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York State Senate has voted to expel a senator for the first time in almost a century, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

    It said the Senate voted 53 to 8 late Tuesday night to immediately remove Senator Hiram Monserrate, a Democrat from Queens, found guilty of misdemeanor assault in October for dragging his girlfriend down the hallway of his apartment building.


    The Democrats held the Senate by just two votes and Monserrate's removal leaves the fragile balance of power in the Senate divided between 31 Democrats and 30 Republicans, the Times said.


    Analysts had warned that Monserrate's expulsion could cause a deadlock that would make it much harder for New York to meet its March 31 budget deadline.


    The paper said Monserrate's lawyers were drafting a temporary restraining order seeking to have him reinstated.


    It quoted one of his lawyers, Norman Siegel, as saying the order would be filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan.


    "The New York State Senate does not have the constitutional and legal authority to expel Senator Monserrate," Mr. Siegel said.


    The paper reported that in a fiery speech to the Senate just before the vote, Monserrate said he had been made a scapegoat and accused his critics of exploiting an "ethical bully pulpit."


    "The actions that I've committed," it quoted him as saying, "do not rise to the level of expulsion."
     
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    LongGoneDays Misanthropical

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    I better not,tried 3 different ways ta word this reply,and all I can see is a "infraction" in my future.'08.
     
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    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    Looks like they just did, counselor.
     
  5. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    I don't know the laws on this one.

    But on the face of it, it seems a bunch of PC crap.

    As I understand it, he didn't commit any crimes that legally necessitate his removal.

    Instead, he did something mean to a woman. So, the PC exedient thing is for the politicians to pander to women's groups and the noise they've been making about the issue.

    Another theme is that he recently crossed party lines to support Republicans for control of the Senate. So, there's likely a huge amount of payback the Democrats were looking for.
     
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    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    Don't do bad things, Don't get bad things done to you.
    They may not have the power to make this stick but he is a rep of the people and should act as such.
     
  8. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    This.

    I'm betting if he had been a reliable vote this would be a non-issue.

    Always nice to see Dimmocrats eat their own.
     
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    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Problem is, he most likely was. Many people are pretty weird these days.
     
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    ipfreely123 something witty CLM

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    From the title, I thought he was kicked for being dressed in drag.
     
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    That's what I'd thought also,I think TBO didn't have the "space" ta put the complete title in.'08.
     
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    I thought from the title that he was wearing a dress.:rofl:
     
  13. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    There was no mention of his attire in the article, so... [​IMG]