Queens Democrats Still Behind Malcolm Smith, Mum on a Monserrate Primary

The Queens County Democratic Party isn’t saying what, if anything, they’re prepared to do in response to the coup in the State Senate.

For them, it’s especially painful.

A Democratic majority leader from Queens, Malcolm Smith, was deposed in a coup made possible by a Democratic senator from Queens, Hiram Monserrate.

Michael Reich, the executive vice president of the Queens County Democratic Party, isn’t saying too much right now.

“I don’t know enough about what’s going on over there. We support Malcolm Smith and the Democratic majority. And a lot of options are being looked at,” he said.

Do those options include a primary challenge to Monserrate?

“I have nothing else to say at this time.”

To be fair, it’s not entirely clear what they could do to Monserrate.

The Queens County Democratic Party endorsed Monserrate in his primary challenge to Senator John Sabini last year, but it wasn’t like they put Monserrate over the top in that race.

Monserrate had come close to defeating Sabini in a primary race two years earlier. But the two races, Sabini was arrested for a DUI, weakening him politically, and giving the political establishment a great excuse not to endorse a vulnerable incumbent who looked like he was on his way to defeat. Queens Democrats Still Behind Malcolm Smith, Mum on a Monserrate Primary