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Brooklyn DA's Race Continues To Be Nasty

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The race for Brooklyn District Attorney is still heated. NY1’s Zack Fink looks at the muddy battle between Ken Thompson and Charles Hynes.

The race for Brooklyn District Attorney between Ken Thompson and incumbent Charles Hynes continues to be nasty.

In his bid to keep the job he has held for more than 20 years, Hynes released a TV ad, which again tries to link Ken Thompson to former Democratic Brooklyn boss and convicted felon Clarence Norman.

"I'm Charles Hynes and I'm going to stop corrupt political bosses from taking over the DA's office,” Hynes says in the ad.

But it's a print ad that ran in Jewish newspapers which has the Thompson campaign making accusations of race baiting. According to the Thompson campaign's translation, the Yiddish ad reads that Thompson won the primary by pulling minority elements who seek lawlessness.

"I had no, nothing to do with the content of those two ads and while I don't speak much Yiddish, I speak enough Yiddish to be Brooklyn DA, because you have to speak Yiddish and English, Brooklyn DA. I am told that the accurate interpretation of minority has to do, had to do with the low turnout,” Hynes said.

"It is sad and regrettable that Joe Hynes has decided to stoop to this level,” Thompson said.

Earlier this week, Thompson picked up the endorsement of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

"I'm proud to say, that this important, this endorsement that’s so important, is earned. And we're here on behalf of the New York City PBA to endorse Ken Thompson for Brooklyn DA,” said Pat Lynch, president of the PBA.

Hynes was caught off guard by the endorsement.

"I was surprised by it,” he said.

Thompson’s campaign also sent NY1 a video from earlier in the week which shows Doug Levien, who works in the DA’s office, handing out a controversial flyer showing a black man in handcuffs. Hynes had promised to stop using it when he was accused of passing out racist literature. Hynes said Levien is taking an unpaid leave from the DA's office and he again claimed his campaign has stopped handing out the flyer.

Hynes himself acknowledged that this race is an “uphill battle.” However, he’s critical of Thompson for refusing to debate him between the primary and the general election.

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