New York Senate: Helen Sears Is Out

Helen Sears, the Democrat who Republicans wanted to nominate for the special election in New York's 13th Senate District, has dropped her bid. Republicans ...
by | February 23, 2010

Helen Sears, the Democrat who Republicans wanted to nominate for the special election in New York's 13th Senate District, has dropped her bid. Republicans could still find a replacement candidate, but it appears very unlikely they'll have a chance to win in this Democratic district.

But, we still should enjoy a good election. Hiram Monserrate, the Democratic senator who the Senate kicked out of office, filed enough signatures to give himself a good chance to make the ballot as an independent -- or, more precisely, on a new ballot line called, "Yes We Can."

Monserrate will face Assemblyman Jose Peralta, the Democratic nominee. Can someone who was booted from office for domestic violence and who lacks the support of any party really mount a serious challenge? The Capitol reported a few weeks ago that some Democrats are worried that Monserrate will retains a reservoir of support in his Queens district.

Besides not coming with all the baggage of Monserrate, Peralta also would be a more loyal supporter of Democratic priorities in the Senate. For example, he, unlike Monserrate, supports gay marriage.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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