Monserrate-Golisano Smoking Gun? (Update)
It appears that Hiram Monserrate--precisely as hypothesized here on Friday (and picked up by the Huffington Post here and posted to nextgendems here)--was/is in desperate straits for money to pay his newly acquired, $750 per-hour, super-lawyer Joe Tacopina, and keep himself from a seven-year state prison term.
I wrote on Friday:
Now today, by way of the New York Post, we learn that Monserrate has a "legal defense fund" that was/is soliciting quid pro quo donations. And suffice it to say, I don't think it's an accident that "a lobbyist" has suddenly contacted the Post about it. In fact, expect more of it. National exposure at places like the Huffington Post tends to do that. And for the record, I did not shop that piece to them--meaning that somebody else did.
Now, where were Tom Golisano and Steve Pigeon in "mid-April?" After the budget had passed and Golisano decides he needs to "do something" to save the state's future (and himself from further taxation)? Did they make contributions to Monserrate's "legal defense fund?" Did Monserrate solicit donations from them?
Maybe this explains why on Thursday, during Monserrate's agonizing half-in, half-out disquisition on the senate floor, Steve Pigeon covered his face in his hands and looked quite ashen--sick, really--as he departed the Senate gallery?
Go the swine flu or something, Steve?