They've got muck; we've got rakes. TPM Muckraker
He was kicked out of the senate over a misdemeanor assault conviction. He had been arrested in December 2008 for cutting his girlfriend in the face with broken glass, then dragging her through a lobby in order to drive her to the hospital.
Monserrate called the move political payback for switching parties last summer, a move that lead to seriously political bickering and ground Albany to a halt.
He ran in the special election to take the seat he had just been kicked out of -- hijacking President Obama's campaign logo in the process -- but lost.