Monday, May 27, 2024

Tom Cruise, New York Politician: Mission Impossible


Tom Cruise and his Scientology buddies must be upset this morning. They’ve lost their political supporter in New York City.

Disgraced state senator Hiram Monserrate lost a special election yesterday to Queens Assemblyman Jose Peralta.

Monserrate was kicked out of the State Senate after being convicted on misdemeanor charges for slashing his girlfriend’s face with a glass.

As a city councilman in 2007, Monserrate drew criticism for creating an L. Ron Hubbard Day in honor of the science-fiction writer who invented Scientology. Despite the New York City Fire Department’s objections, the corpulent loser supported Tom Cruise’s “detox” plan for firemen who’d been in the World Trade Center disaster. He appeared with Cruise at a 2007 fundraiser.

Monserrate went so far as to say he’d actually tried the Scientology “purification” and that it worked for him.

In December 2008 Monserrate was charged with slashing with his girlfriend’s face with a glass. The following October he was convicted of a misdemeanor for recklessness.He tried to keep his seat in the state senate, but the mission proved impossible.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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