The Party of Monserrate Holds Its Nose

ALBANY—We’ll take your vote, Hiram, but don’t look for a hug. “We basically were trapped in our need to get to 31-31 at this point in time,” State Senator Liz Krueger said of the decision to welcome (force?) State Senator Hiram Monserrate, an indicted Queens Democrat, back into the conference a week after he voted with Republicans to spark a leadership battle that has crippled the chamber. “I think we’re making lemonade.” As negotiations continue over some sort of bipartisan operating structure, the warring parties don’t even seem to believe their own words anymore when they suggest that any of it is about principle.

The Party of Monserrate Holds Its Nose