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NY1 ItCH: A D.A.'s Race Grows In Brooklyn

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Just when it seemed that Brooklyn D.A. Charles "Joe" Hynes had thrown in the towel, he's baaaack.

When we last heard from Hynes, it was on primary night when he had just been drubbed by former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson in their Democratic showdown. At his election night headquarters, the longtime district attorney told his supporters: " I've just spoken to Ken Thompson. I wished him great success I told him I would work with him on an orderly and a good transition."

But that transition has become anything but orderly because Hynes is ready to give Thompson another challenge – this time in the general election as a candidate on the Republican and Conservative lines.
In an interview with Denis Hamill in the Daily News over the weekend, Hynes said he decided to challenge Thompson because of the role former Democratic boss Clarence Norman had in Thompson's campaign.
"I don’t think the people of Brooklyn want a DA who is beholden to a corrupt, machine boss ex-con," groused Hynes.

Thompson – who denies that Norman has any role in his campaign -- is circling the wagons and has been preparing for this move by Hynes that has been rumored for weeks. Democrats – sans Hynes – held a "unity" rally for Thompson last week and today Sen. Charles Schumer is expected to throw his support behind his party's nominee.

While Hynes has raised at least $150,000 for his race, it will be an extremely difficult battle for him to win because of his party affiliation on the ballot. Although he has borough-wide name recognition, the GOP label is a very hard sell in a borough where Democrats outnumber Republicans by almost an 8 to 1 margin. Making things even more difficult for Hynes is that the man at the top of the November ticket will be Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, who is badly struggling in the polls behind Bill de Blasio – whose political base is Brooklyn.

While this improbable bid could very well be Hynes' last hurrah, it's making things messy – and interesting -- in an election that seemed signed, sealed, and delivered on Sept. 10th.

Bob Hardt

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