Hiram Monserrate, the New York State senator who voted against gay marriage, was acquitted in October on charges that he slashed his girlfriend Karla Giraldo’s face with glass, but he was convicted on assault charges for dragging her through the apartment building. For that, his criminal punishment is probation. But his political punishment? It’ll be written next week, when a final report from a special Senate committee (which Monserrate, who once agreed to cooperate with, now refuses to testify before) is issued on whether to sanction, or simply expel the bigot from office. You can guess where we stand.