Call it the Golden rule.
State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) says that a convicted criminal who holds office should be held accountable for his action by the Senate, and is demanding his colleagues put together a panel that could kick embattled state Sen. Kevin Parker (D–Flatbush) to the curb.
Parker, who has a long history of erratic and violent behavior, was convicted last year of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, stemming from his 2009 attack on a New York Post photographer.
“I think we should have an ethics hearing [to determine] if there should be any sanctions brought against him,” Golden said.
Golden cited last year’s expulsion of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) as reason enough have Parker state his case to his colleagues.
“There shouldn’t be two sets of standards, one for [ex-Sen. Hiram] Monserrate and none for Parker,” he said.
A senate expulsion committee was empaneled for the first time last year after Monserrate, who was arrested for beating up his girlfriend, was found guilty of misdemeanor assault. The committee recommended the legislator be booted from the chamber — a proposal the full senate ultimately endorsed.
Golden was uncompromising when demanding a hearing, but softened a bit when asked if Parker should be fired.
“[Would he be let go] for this? Probably not,” Golden said.
Parker received three years probation and was ordered to undertake anger management classes during his sentencing on March 21 after being convicted of misdemeanor criminal mischief charges for chasing down and attacking photographer William Lopez outside of his East Flatbush home, damaging the shutterbug’s camera and car in the process. He faced a year in prison.
This is the second time Parker has been accused of thuggish behavior. In 2005, he was arrested for punching out a traffic enforcement agent, but the charges were dropped after he agreed to take anger management classes.
But those classes may not of done the job: a year later, Parker allegedly shoved and injured a female aide during an outburst. Last year at a senate hearing, he called Republicans “white supremacists.”
Senate officials say there are no plans to empanel an ethics committee to review Parker’s case, pointing out that the senator was stripped of his minority whip position — and $14,500 yearly stipend that comes with it — when he was arrested.
Parker says the senate shouldn’t show him the door.
“My case and Monserrate’s are two different situations,” he said.
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