Well, it’s been over eight years since we heard from this lowlife Democrat, but like most leftists he just won’t go away. The guy slashed his then-girlfriend with a beer bottle, among other offenses, and did 21 months in prison, but now he’s back running for office in Queens and will probably be elected.
Convicted felon Hiram Monserrate has a real shot at winning back his old City Council seat in Queens, according to Democratic insiders.
“People in the senior centers, the churches, people who are prime voters, they’re talking about Hiram. People are saying, ‘He’s paid his dues to society. Why not give him another chance?’ ” said one Queens Democrat familiar with the 21st Council District, which covers Corona, East Elmhurst and Lefrak City.
Monserrate, 50, has a résumé that would doom most other candidates.
He was found guilty of a misdemeanor for slashing his girlfriend with a broken glass during a fight in December 2008.
At the time, he was a state senator and his colleagues voted to expel him in 2010.
Eight months later, the feds charged him with steering $109,000 in government funds to a nonprofit and then using the money for his campaigns. He pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy and served 21 months of a two-year sentence.
That hasn’t stopped the most audacious comeback bid by a fallen New York politician since ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer tried to put a prostitute scandal behind him by running for city comptroller in 2013, a race he narrowly lost.
Monserrate demonstrated his strength by submitting 5,000 signatures on nominating petitions.
His chief rival, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, who jumped into the race late after incumbent Julissa Ferreras dropped out, handed in 2,596.
Monserrate is also better known than his opponent, having served the district as its councilman from 2002 to 2008.
Moya’s Assembly district overlaps only a portion of the council district.
Moya, 43, has more money in his campaign kitty — $89,126 compared to $30,534 for Monserrate. But both will likely qualify for 6-to-1 public matching funds.
Monserrate admitted Tuesday he’s still paying off the $79,000 in restitution for his federal crime.
“I committed my sins. I paid for them. I paid my dues,” he said.
He’ll probably run on a platform of “resisting” President Trump and become a liberal icon:
Taking from the poor to give to the rich! SMH https://t.co/gJJXLdzLWC
— Hiram Monserrate (@HiramMonserrate) May 23, 2017
He’s got the balls to say Trump is taking from the poor after serving time for using taxpayer funds for his own campaign. You can’t make this stuff up.