I never really thought of a man assaulting a woman as a political issue, but apparently the New York State Senate has made it one. The trial of Senator Hiram Monserrate, who allegedly slashed the face of his girlfriend, began this week in New York City. According to the New York Post, Monserrate's girlfriend told the emergency room doctor this account of what happened:
"You want the water? You want the water? Here’s the water!"
With those angry words, state Sen. Hiram Monserrate smashed a glass into his girlfriend Karla Giraldo’s face, an ER doctor quoted her as saying.
Testifying yesterday in Monserrate’s assault trial at Queens Supreme Court, Dr. Dawne Kort, who works at Long Island Jewish Hospital, said Giraldo sobbed constantly while in the ER on Dec. 19.
“I can’t believe he did this to me. My face! My face! I can’t believe my face,” Kort said Giraldo told her.
The doctor, who speaks English and Spanish, said Giraldo, who is from Ecuador, told her she and Monserrate “were fighting and she asked for a glass of water and he shoved it in her face.”
Asked how Giraldo reacted, Kort said: “She said many times it was not an accident. They were fighting and he took a piece of glass and cut her face.”
Giraldo became hysterical again when Kort said she was going to call the police, saying: “No! No! You can’t call the police!”
But Kort said she did call cops because “it appeared to be a stab wound. It’s hospital policy that all stab wounds get reported to the police.”
Now, everyone is entitled to their day in court. Of course, Monserrate was smart enough to choose a non-jury trial. I assume he wouldn't be too keen on a jury with women on it. I'd think his hope is to get a politically connected judge to hear his case.
Nonetheless, not a single member of the Senate Democratic caucus has said a word about this. They are so desperate to hang on to their majority that they are willing to sit next to a man who slashed his girlfriend's face, requiring 20+ stitches, allegedly.
So the question begs: what kind of man does this to a woman? And what kind of man sits next to someone who could do this without saying a word? Thank God there are some on the other side of the aisle who have the sack to call Monserrate out for this brutal assault.
Click here to see the video of him dragging his bleeding & and crying girlfriend from their apartment.