Local Democrats desire to distance themselves and the electorate from state senator Hiram Monserrate, recently convicted of a lesser charge in an attack on his girlfriend, and tonight the Queens Democratic Party, the Post confirms, will announce that it is backing a challenger for his seat for 2010. Assemblyman Jose Peralta is mainly known to us for his flair for self-publicity, as when he celebrated the opening of a public toilet in Corona (pictured), and for aggressively enlisting the Dominican vote for Freddy Ferrer in the last mayoral campaign. He has also shown some creativity in fighting crime in his district, calling in the Guardian Angels to patrol after a vicious rape there. We suspect Queens Crap and its readers will be supporting him in any case.
Monserrate is getting both barrels today, as the Citizens Union and three other groups filed a complain in Albany demanding he be forced to reveal more information about the contributions he’s been getting for a legal defense fund.