Late this afternoon, New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) voted with the Republican Party (along with Dem Pedro Espada, Jr. of the Bronx), shifted the balance of power in the state senate, and threw out NYS Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens). Neither turncoat Democrat says he will change his official party affiliation.

As I am writing this, the Long Island GOP’s own Dean Skelos has already been sworn in as the new Majority Leader–which means that all new committee chairs have to be picked, and everybody is going to play musical offices (the GOP will want the bigger offices suites back), and NO lawmaking will get done in Albany for weeks, maybe months.

So, who is going to primary Monserrate? It happens that long, long, long ago, back when I was in college, I was a Dem County Committeewoman in Queens. And sometimes you talk to people.

Here’s a possible list of Democratic contenders for Monserrate’s soon to be former seat: