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District Attorney Charles ‘Joe’ Hynes vs. Ken Thompson

Incumbent’s spokesman: Hynes could boost GOP council contenders

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If it walks like an elephant and talks like an elephant … it might still be a donkey!

Brooklyn’s 23-year district attorney announced on Oct. 8 that, following his stunning defeat last month in the Democratic primary, he would continue his run for re-election on the Republican and Conservative party lines. But Charles “Joe” Hynes said that this doesn’t mean he’s now a Republican.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat, and I always will be a Democrat,” said the borough’s top lawman. “The Republicans and the Conservatives know it.”

Hynes — who has appeared on the right-leaning parties’ ballot lines since 2005 — lost the Democratic nomination to former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson on Sept. 10. The six-term incumbent conceded defeat on primary night, and promised to start working on the transition — but later said he changed his mind after reading reports in the New York Post that former Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman helped run Thompson’s campaign.

Hynes helped send Norman up the river in 2005 for accepting illegal contributions to his Assembly campaign. Thompson has denied that Norman played any role in his election effort, but Hynes claimed that Thompson is covering up the truth — and called for the electorate to render a verdict on Nov. 5.

“The voters are going to decide if they can trust someone who flat-out lied about the role Clarence Norman played in his campaign,” Hynes said.

But even if Hynes’s heart still belongs to the party of President Obama, his team said he has been in talks with GOP leadership about how continuing to campaign could provide a boost to Republican Council candidates like John Quaglione and David Storobin, who are seeking seats in Bay Ridge and Brighton Beach, respectively.

“Those kind of points did come up, sure,” said Hynes spokesman Jerry Schmetterer, who is on vacation from his regular job as director of public information at the district attorney’s office. “If anyone is helped by him being on the ballot, that is what American politics is about.”

Hynes also vowed that if is re-elected he would retain controversial assistant district attorney Michael Vecchione, who has drawn fire for wrongful convictions based on alleged prosecutorial misconduct. Thompson bashed Hynes during the primary campaign for letting Vecchione keep his job.

“Mike Vecchione is one of the best attorneys in the country, and absolutely he will continue to serve the public,” said Hynes.

Hynes also said he would hang onto Mark Posner, a married prosecutor in his office who the Post revealed had called prostitutes from work to set up liaisons with — only to be quietly demoted instead of fired.

“He’ll still be with us,” said the incumbent.

Thompson’s campaign has blasted Hynes for going back on his promise to concede and to assist with the transition between top prosecutors — and vowed to deal the incumbent an even more crushing defeat than the 55–44 percent loss he suffered on primary night.

“It’s sad that Mr. Hynes refuses to accept the will of the people, as he repeatedly pledged to do last month,” said Thompson spokesman James Freedland. “And we are confident all of Brooklyn’s voters will render the same overwhelming verdict as they did in the primary.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him attwitter.com/WillBredderman.
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Arnie from Brooklyn says:
Clarence Norman ran Hynes 1998 campaign for Governor and 2001 campaign for DA. When Hynes locked up Clarence so he could install Vito Gropez as his stooge, he hired Clarences right hand guy Taharka Robinson to run his race against Thompson. Taharka cleaned Hynes out.
Now Hynes is being played by Republicans to help Quaglione for city council.

Hynes is a first rate Chump !!
Oct. 9, 2013, 1:32 am
Jason from Park Slope says:
Hynes still dosent get it.

He lost the primary because he wouldnt get rid of Vechionne, now he'll lost the lection to.

Stupid Stupid Stupid
Oct. 9, 2013, 1:44 am
Malika from Bed Stuy says:
Ken Thompson confronted Hynes about what he did to Judge Phillips and Hynes got caught telling lies.
Oct. 9, 2013, 2:49 am
Patty from Breezy Point says:
Hynes served as President of our co-op board where we live in Breezy Point.

He did an outstanding job. Only let the right type of people in.
Oct. 9, 2013, 2:57 am
Jamaliqua from New Lots says:
Hynes will win.

Not many voters came out in the primary in the first place.

Voters will write off Ken Thompson, confusing him with Bill Thompson. They'll vote for DiBlasio as Mayor and probably even be annoyed that a Thompson is "still" on the ballot.

Many people are used to the Hynes brand name and will simply vote for him out of habit and familiarity.

They probably watched his CBS special and think he did a good job.

You'll see: Hynes will win.
Oct. 9, 2013, 4:58 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
...Hynes then went on to say "now how do you spell disingenuous" ?
Oct. 9, 2013, 5:21 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Hynes says he's a Democrat at heart? More like a political hack at heart.

He needs to retire to Florida or someplace.
Oct. 9, 2013, 8:01 am
Sam from Bay Ridge says:
Hynes is going to help Quagmire? That guy can barely speak and when he does it's all about how much he loves working for Marty Golden.
Oct. 9, 2013, 8:10 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I think Bloomberg is right that the mayoral race and other NYC elections should not be tied to political parties. This is something that Boston and other cities do better.
Oct. 9, 2013, 9:54 am
common sense from bay ridge says:
"""""Voters will write off Ken Thompson, confusing him with Bill Thompson. They'll vote for DiBlasio as Mayor and probably even be annoyed that a Thompson is "still" on the ballot.

Many people are used to the Hynes brand name and will simply vote for him out of habit and familiarity.""""

It's scary to think that there are people that stupid out there.
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:03 am
bkmanhatposeur from brokeland says:
I dont think NYC voters or BK voters are ignorant. Its a question of defying voter fraud and heavy campaigning by Thompson to get people to vote.
All you Hynes supporters are hoping the people of BK are ignorant and lazy not to vote.
I think this time around people will be coming out to get out the vote.
But even the laziest guy who manages to come out to the booth will see he wont be pulling that lever or pushing that button for Hynes.
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:10 am
Barb from Brooklyn says:
"Patty from Breezy Point says:
Hynes served as President of our co-op board where we live in Breezy Point.

He did an outstanding job. Only let the right type of people in."

Then how did YOU get in?
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:13 am
Barb from Brooklyn says:
Or maybe Patty from Breezy Point is making a case AGAINST Hynes. Which is fine with me!
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:14 am
Barb from Brooklyn says:
If low voter turnout were actually the reason for Hynes' defeat, everyone who ran for any office should change parties and run again.
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:18 am
Mustache Pete from Fort Greene says:
Patty from Breezy Point was using irony. Clearly that sailed over many heads reading this.
Oct. 9, 2013, 11:23 am
Pedro from Mill Basin says:
So Hynes strategy is that nobody will vote.
Yeah, makes sense.
Oct. 9, 2013, 7:11 pm
Nina from Red Hook says:
Hynes lost because he abused his power. Voters read newspapers. Jabbar Collins, David Ranta, Willie Lopez, John Ohara. And the list goes on.
Oct. 9, 2013, 7:17 pm
Response to Common Sense from Not from Bay Ridge says:
Common sense thinks people will be confused with Bill & Ken thompson and vote Republican.

Are you an idiot?

A republican has not won in Brooklyn in over 100 years.

Lincoln lost Brooklyn. You know why?
He was a Republican.
Oct. 9, 2013, 8:51 pm
Andy from Bushwick says:
If Hynes gets more than 25% of the vote it'll be a shocker.

He keeps on losing and then blames the voters.

Take a hint Joe.
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:54 pm
Byron from The Bronx says:
Joe Hynes is a tired old whore who turned his last trick.
Oct. 9, 2013, 11:23 pm
O'Malley from Breeeeezy says:
Hynes Hynes

He's our man

If he can't do it

Rhoda Jacobs can!
Oct. 9, 2013, 11:53 pm
Song Critic from Broadway says:
O'Malley is one talented lad.

Get that man a sandwhich !!
Oct. 10, 2013, 12:26 am
Foy from Breeeeezy says:
Hynes once told another Irishman that he was 1/2 Irish and 1/4 Polish. The Irishman says, 'Well what about the other quarter?' Hynes says, 'I don't owe you a penny, you bastard!'
Oct. 10, 2013, 12:27 am
O'Malley from Breeeeezy says:
Hynes Hynes

He's our man

If he can't do it

Helene Weinstein can!
Oct. 10, 2013, 12:29 am
Song Critic from Broadway says:
On second thought, It's last call for O'Malley.
Oct. 10, 2013, 12:45 am
Jay from Park Slope says:
So Thompson wants to turn back the clock on the borough and bring back the same thugs (Norman and co.) that Hynes had jury's find guilty of the things that have plagued Brooklyn politics for so long........ And we also are basically learning then about Thompson that his lying and deceit as a politician is beginning before he even enters office? I'm glad Hynes is running and allowing all of Brooklyn to either vote him back or out. He obviously has much credibility since the opposing party has supported him for a decade. How many political positions can say that??
Oct. 11, 2013, 8:28 am

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