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Charles Hynes upsets District Attorney race, running as a Republican

Nayaba Arinde | 10/10/2013, 10:33 a.m.
Charles Hynes

Thompson said Hynes’ accusation was nothing short of a lie and a “complete desperation move” that Hynes is “using that to justify his decision to turn his back on the people of Brooklyn. He promised that he was gonna have a smooth transition. That’s what we should have. That’s what the people of Brooklyn deserve.”

Thompson insisted that Norman “was not at my campaign office at all. Norman is not a friend. He played absolutely no role in my campaign.”

Meanwhile, activist Omowale Clay said that there is an even more sinister reason why Hynes is trying to hedge his bets in the D.A. race.

“He has to testify in that big case where witnesses are saying that his office and [former] Detective Louis Scarcella were holding witnesses hostage and coercing statements. There are 40 cases that may be overturned because of this. He was the D.A., and while he was able to get it postponed until after the general election, he is going to have to testify. This is all to try and affect that.”

The Thompson campaign has long called for an investigation into claims of misconduct against Hynes’ office.

Meanwhile, on Monday of this week, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer endorsed Thompson for Brooklyn district attorney.

There is a clear choice to move Brooklyn’s criminal justice forward, and that choice is Ken Thompson,” said Schumer. “I’ve worked with Ken firsthand in urging the Justice Department to reopen the case of Emmett Till, who was abducted, brutally beaten and murdered in Mississippi in 1955. And I can tell you that Ken’s commitment to justice, unquestioned integrity and experience protecting the public is exactly what we need from our borough’s top law enforcement officer. I am proud to endorse Ken Thompson because he knows what it takes to keep our communities safe and will deliver the change that Brooklyn so desperately needs.”

“I’m so proud to be endorsed by Chuck Schumer, our state’s senior senator, an outstanding leader and someone who has never backed down from a tough fight on behalf of the people of Brooklyn,” said Thompson. “In every corner of this borough, voters are looking for the same thing—someone who will move Brooklyn forward and restore integrity to our broken criminal justice system. I am honored to have Sen. Schumer’s support and look forward to working with him to make our streets safe from crime and ensure all New Yorkers have a champion standing up for them.”

Just prior to Schumer’s nod, a slew of folk threw their support behind Thompson, such as mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, the Brooklyn Democratic Party, New York City Comptroller nominee Scott Stringer, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilwoman and Public Advocate candidate Letitia James, Assemblymembers Walter Mosley, Joe Lentol and Karim Camara, Council Members Diana Reyna and Darlene Mealy, Committee Chair Frank Seddio and many others.

Give him a mic and Thompson will proudly announce a varied array of support, including the Working Families Party, all four members of the Brooklyn congressional delegation—Reps. Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velazquez and Jerrold Nadler—Councilman Brad Lander, former candidate Abe George, 1199/SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Citizens Union, Communications Workers of America, District 1, National Latino Officers Association, New York State Supreme Court Officers Association and the Amsterdam News.