Hiram Monserrate, the disgraced Democrat seeking a state Assembly seat, may find a potential return to Albany is a lonely one.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Monday said "a lot" of Democrats in his 100-plus member conference will likely oppose Monserrate's membership if he is elected to the chamber.
"Being a part of the conference is not up to the member who's elected," Heastie said. "Being a part of the conference is up to the conference. I do think there's going to be a lot of members of the conference who may not want to see Hiram Monserrate part of the conference."
Monserrate was expelled from the state Senate in 2010 after he was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his then-girlfriend.
He also played a key role in 2009 as one of two Democratic senators who bolted to align themselves with Republicans, throwing the chamber into chaos. He was later convicted of federal corruption charges.
Monserrate has sought multiple political comebacks in the past and was elected in 2018 to a district leader post.
Monserrate is challenging Assemblyman Jeff Aubry in a Democratic primary.
"It's ultimately up to the will of voters," Heastie said. "I believe voters will pick Jeff Aubry against any opponent. He's the godfather of criminal justice. He's been an institution up here."