Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is now mounting a campaign as a Republican after losing the Democratic primary, and he was out campaigning in Canarsie Monday. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
Charles Hynes was out campaigning in Canarsie Monday as he continues his bid to keep the job he has held for 24 years.
After losing on primary night, Hynes promised to assist in the transition, but then changed his mind. The reason, according to Hynes, is that former Brooklyn Democratic boss Clarence Norman, a convicted felon, allegedly ran Ken Thompson's campaign, something Thompson denies.
NY1 asked Hynes what he is basing the allegation on.
Hynes: There are at least four people that morning at the campaign headquarters when Norman was running Thompson's campaign.
Q: People who saw him, you're saying?
Hynes: Yes, including my son Patrick.
Sources have said that Norman was associated with a startup operation called Time for Change Consulting.
Hynes: It was the Time for the Change (sic), which was running Thompson's campaign as well as Bill Thompson's campaign and Eliot Spitzer's campaign. But very specifically, Clarence assigned himself the task of defeating me.
Q: Wasn't Time for Change in someone's apartment?
Hynes: No, this was in a storefront.
The only address listed for Time for Change is a Park Slope Brownstone.
"It's a desperate attempt to deceive voters into voting for him," Thompson said. "The people of Brooklyn have already spoken. So he can continue to try to make these false accusations, but the people of Brooklyn are ready to move in another direction."
"To me, it's, like, hypocrite," said one person. "You're a Republican, you're a Republican. That's the way I feel about it."
"I think that you have to do what you feel is the right thing, and you should vote who you think is right, regardless of Democrat or Republican," said another.
Hynes was always going to be on both the Republican and Conservative lines. The question was always whether or not he would actively campaign. Observers say it will be a tough race since Democrat Bill De Blasio will be at the top of the ticket. Not only did de Blasio win the Democratic primary decisively, he also hails from Brooklyn.