Queens state Senator, Jose Peralta, made the announcement that he's joining the Independent Democratic Conference, which is aligned with the GOP. But according to sources, his real cause for leaving the party is because he needs a bigger paycheck.
Apparently, Peralta owes between $20,000 and $50,000 on Citibank and AT&T cards, between $5,000 and $20,000 on a car loan for a Mercedes, and more. By switching his political loyalties, he's set himself up to get a new position and a stipend of up to $27,500.
D.C. spokeswoman, Candice Giove, said Democrats are “fleeing the Senate Democratic Conference because of its failed leadership, not finances.”
Source: NY Post