Pro-marriage candidate wins special election in New York

José Peralta, a supporter of marriage equality, won in the special election for State Senate in New York City yesterday. Good riddance to Hiram Monserrate:

Hiram Monserrate, who was expelled from the State Senate last month after he was convicted of assaulting his companion, failed Tuesday in his quest to regain his seat as José R. Peralta handily won a special election to represent a swath of predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods in Queens.

The victory was not unexpected given the level of organized Democratic support for Mr. Peralta, an Assemblyman from Queens, who also had an enormous financial advantage over Mr. Monserrate who ran as an independent and tried to persuade voters to give him another chance to represent them in Albany.

Still, the election followed a fierce, if brief, campaign where a debate over same-sex marriage, which Mr. Peralta favors and Mr. Monserrate opposes, often overshadowed discussions on issues that matter more to many of the district’s working-class and immigrant residents, such as affordable healthcare and school overcrowding.

On December 2, 2009, we lost marriage equality in the NY State Senate by a margin on 24 – 38. Now, we’re at 25 – 37. Still a way to go, but it’s heading in the right direction.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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