The National Organization for Women-NYS is holding a press conference Saturday in Albany to call on Senate Democrats to remove Sen. Hiram Monserrate from his chairmanship of the Consumer Protection Committee as he faces charges for allegedly slashing his girlfriend in the face.
“Although there is probably no legal bar to Monserrate’s being seated in the NY Senate, his elevation to a leadership position is a slap in the face for every woman in New York State,” the group said in a statement.
The group even mentions former Gov. Eliot Spitzer: “We will use as an example that it is inexplicable that our former Governor Spitzer was forced to resign for having sex with a prostitute while Senator Monserrate is allowed to continue in a leadership position. Does this mean that it is more OK to beat your girlfriend than to have sex with a prostitute? ”
The group plans to call on legislative leaders to “use the power of their pens to stop violence against all women, both through strengthened legislation against these hate crimes, and through passage of laws that will punish perpetrators for all sorts of Violence Against Women and girls.”