Ken Thompson, who recently learned that Charles Hynes will run against him as a Republican in the race for Brooklyn District Attorney, was endorsed by New York's senior senator, Charles Schumer, on Monday. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
Ken Thompson has kept a low profile since learning that the race he thought had been decided was, in fact, far from over.
On Monday, he was endorsed by Sen. Charles Schumer in his bid to be the new Brooklyn district attorney.
Thompson said he only found out about Hynes' intentions to stay in the race last week.
"My indication was when I called him last Monday and I asked to meet and he said no. That was a good indication," Thompson said. "I'm the Democratic nominee, and I wanted to meet with him privately to talk about important issues that are facing the people of Brooklyn, and he said no."
Schumer said that he believes that Democrats should stand with the Democratic nominee, but he stopped short of criticizing Hynes for continuing the race.
"I'm not here to say a bad word about Charles Hynes. I worked with him on many different issues," Schumer said. "But Ken Thompson is the right man in the right place at the right time, and I'm proud to endorse him."
On primary night, Thompson defeated Hynes by 10 percentage points. Hynes promised to assist in a "smooth transition," but at some point, he changed his mind.
In an interview that aired this past weekend on The New York Times Close Up, Hynes explained that his change of heart actually happened the night he lost.
"By the time I got home that night, I was told that Clarence Norman Jr., who I had convicted and sent to prison for, among other things, extortion, ran Ken Thompson's field operations for get out the vote on primary day," Hynes said.
Norman, who sources say played a role in several campaigns, has not denied helping Thompson, but Thompson said it simply isn't true.
"This allegation about Clarence Norman is an outright lie. It's a desperation move by DA Hynes," Thompson said. "I've said repeatedly that Clarence Norman had nothing to do with my campaign. What we have to do is, we have to move forward."
The Hynes campaign declined to comment on the Schumer endorsement. They said that all questions will be answered when they make the formal announcement that Hynes is running at Brooklyn Borough Hall Tuesday morning.