The curious case of Monserrate's endorsements
Mar 09, 2010 | 3571 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If you can't get anybody to endorse you today, just use the kind words they said about you yesterday.

That's what Hiram Monserrate is doing in his race for State Senate. On his website, he has messages from Bryan Pu-Folkes and David Dinkins praising him, the only problem is that they are not endorsing him in his special election for the State Senate against Jose Peralta.

The most hilarious thing about the video of Pu-Folkes is that it begins with Hiram Monserrate stating that he approves the message, the only problem is that Pu-Folkes didn't approve the message. In fact, he's set to send out a press release stating that he feels Monserrate is unfit for office. As for Dinkins, he's not endorsing anybody in this race.

Monserrate did pick up the endorsement of several clergy members in the district, who praised his stance against gay marriage. I don't know if anybody bothered to tell Monserrate, but the district he hopes to represent – which incidentally he did for years as a councilman – has a large LGBT population, and just elected an openly gay man to the City Council, nonetheless.

Perhaps Monserrate didn't know that that big parade that marches down 37th Avenue right through the heart of the district every year, and that he appears in, is the Queens version of the Gay Pride Parade. There's a reason it's in Jackson Heights. Nothing like alienating a big voter base right before an election – which is this Tuesday, by the way - that will probably have an unusually low turnout.

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