Against All Odds, Monserrate Still In The Fight

From the outside Francisco Moya’s effort to represent the 39th Assembly district in Queens looks as easy as getting a carnitas taco in Jackson Heights.

His contender in the Democratic Primary, Hiram Monserrate, was recently convicted of domestic assault and expelled from the New York State Senate. Monserrate was also one of the four Democrats who blocked the Senate last summer, a move that many of his fellow party members won’t forgive.  On top of that, he campaigned saying he supported gay marriage, but ended up voting against it.

Moya, on the other hand, has a clean record and all the endorsements that any candidate could dream of, including a big group of female Democratic elected officials.

Yet, most experts say the race is very close.

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This story was produced by Feet in 2 Worlds, a project at The New School's Center for New York City Affairs. Feet in Two Worlds coverage of the New York Primary is supported, in part, by the New York Community Trust.