It ain’t over until it’s over, they say. Well, in this case it looks like Ken Thompson’s early effort to unite the Democratic Party and Jewish voting blocs behind him was strategically mounted to foil an attempt by Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes to run for reelection on the Republican and Conservative line.
Things might get complicated though, as is appears Mr. Hynes will actively campaign on Republican and Conservative party lines in a bid to keep his job, sources told The Post on Thursday.
“The DA is making a formal announcement Tuesday to lay out the reasons for his decision to continue the campaign,” said DA spokesman Jerry Schmetterer.
Schmetterer confirmed that a fundraiser held in Bay Ridge on Wednesday night raised about $150,000 for the Hynes reelection fight.
“He’s going to run on the Republican and Conservative line,” said a source close to Hynes.
According to The Post, Mr. Hynes is eager to keep his job because of allegations – first reported by The Post – that former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman, who the DA sent to prison for selling judgeships, played a key role in Thompson’s victory.
“He’s outraged that Clarence Norman is involved. Everybody says Clarence Norman is all over town pounding on his chest saying he took Hynes out,” the source said. “We put Norman in jail, and Thompson put him on the payroll,” another source close to Hynes said.
“It’s sad that Mr. Hynes refuses to accept the will of the people, as he repeatedly pledged to do last month,” said Thompson’s spokesman James Freedland. “We are confident all of Brooklyn’s voters will render the same overwhelming verdict as they did in the primary.”
Kings County Democratic Party chairman Frank Seddio issued the following statement: “Ken Thompson won the primary fair and square. This is no time for Joe Hynes to turn his back on the Democratic Party. We profoundly regret his action after a long and distinguished career in public service.”
“The cynical Republican-led effort to create an internecine feud among Democrats in the race for Brooklyn District Attorney will end in failure. Brooklyn Democrats are 100 percent united behind our candidate Ken Thompson who will win in November.”
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)