Diaz Sr.: Investigate Mark Grisanti Like You Did Hiram Monserrate

Ruben Diaz Sr. (Photo: nysenate.gov)

Earlier this morning, the outspoken State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. called on Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to investigate Buffalo State Senator Mark Grisanti, who’s currently entangled in allegations that he instigated a fight in a bizarre casino brawl that left his wife wounded.

“There are too many versions of what happened the night of February 10, 2012 in the Seneca Niagara Casino,” Mr. Diaz said in the statement. “There is another story floating around where many people are claiming that Senator Grisanti threw the first punch and that he hit a woman. If this is so, these are very serious accusations.”

Mr. Diaz then pivoted to a past incident where one of his allies, State Senator Hiram Monserrate, was accused of slashing his girlfriend’s face with a piece of glass in 2009. Mr. Monserrate was subsequently convicted of misdemeanor and the State Senate voted to expel him from their legislative body.

“I wish that Senator Skelos and the members of the Senate would have taken Hiram Monserrate and his girl friend Carla at their word and believed them, the same way they are believing Mark Grisanti.” Mr. Diaz said.

“Today, my dear reader, you should also know that contrary to Monserrate’s case, in Grisanti’s situation there are many other witnesses that testified against Grisanti’s version,” he continued. “Yet Senator Skelos does not believe those witnesses who were not only present, but saw and heard every detail of the incident. Senator Skelos already has decided to believe Senator Grisanti’s account.”

Mr. Diaz’s statement is the latest development in what has been a bizarre twisting assault saga with Mr. Grisanti. One account alleged he made a racial remark during the dust-up, something Mr. Grisanti denied. He also denied being the aggressor in the fight, although another account alleged the opposite.

Diaz Sr.: Investigate Mark Grisanti Like You Did Hiram Monserrate