Despite his loss to Ken Thompson in the Democratic primaries, Charles Hynes has promised to keep his campaign alive and to maintain control of Brooklyn’s district attorney’s office.
The electoral race between the two men, which initially appeared settled in September, will continue until majority rule resolutely settles the contention between them on Tuesday, Nov 5.
Meanwhile, name-calling is becoming a serious issue, as Hynes’ campaign called Thompson a gun dealer and used a racial slur against Thompson last week. It is also refusing to take down the racist ad that attributes Hynes’ double-digit loss in the Democratic primary to “the minority element that seeks lawlessness.”
Hynes has been working with Sol Wachtler, a disgraced former chief judge. Wachtler denies the authenticity of a July 30 email that refers to Thompson supporter Assemblyman Dov Hikind as “another schwarze,” regarding Hikind’s ill-advised choice to wear blackface at a Purim party in February.
In full-page ads currently running in Satmar Yiddish weeklies Der Yid and Der Blatt, Hynes argues that voters will use common sense and “not vote for lawlessness” in the general election. Hynes previously called Thompson, an African-American, “thuggish” and recently compared him to a Black gun dealer.
In part, the ad states: “Will we allow an 8 percent minority of Brooklynites to determine who should keep Brooklyn secure? Why is the community continuing with Charles Hynes?
“The communal leaders and activists know what kind of favors we received from Charles Hynes; his door was always open, and they know that with Hynes, they will always have an open door and an open ear.
“The communal leaders and activists know that his opponent was only successful because a very small percentage came out to vote, and then [of that small percentage] he brought out the minority element that seeks lawlessness.
“The communal leaders and activists are watching in pain how the opponent put together a coalition of dangerous people.
“We must elect Charles Hynes because our lives depend on this.”
Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke and Assemblyman Dov Hikind attended a press conference on Sunday denouncing the shocking comments and ads from Hynes’ campaign.
The Hynes campaign continues to stand by the offensive ad and defends the derogatory comments.
Thompson won the Democratic primary in September, setting up the possibility of his becoming the first African-American district attorney in the history of Kings County.
Hynes had said that he would help to ensure a smooth transition for his former opponent. After Hynes’ six terms in office, voters decided to move forward in a new direction. Weeks later, his campaign announced that Hynes was back in the race, running on the Republican and Conservative lines.
Last week, Hynes’ campaign reportedly distributed fliers in largely white areas in Brooklyn that read: “District Attorney Charles Hynes put corrupt political boss Clarence Norman in jail. His opponent let convicted felon Clarence Norman run his campaign. Don’t let a convicted felon run the district attorney’s office.”
Hynes office did not respond to an AmNews request for comment.