By Mosi Secret (New York Times)
February 7, 2013
Charles J. Hynes, the longtime Brooklyn district attorney, officially announced on Thursday that he would seek a seventh term as the borough’s top law enforcement officer, setting him up for the toughest re-election campaign of his nearly 24-year career.
The announcement in front of the steps of Borough Hall was a show of force from an incumbent who has been battered in recent months. He addressed the crowd huddled in the frigid air only after a string of prominent elected officials took the podium first, announcing their endorsements of his campaign and showing that Mr. Hynes was never knocked too far from his power base.
After a year in which he has been repeatedly criticized for his political ties and his leadership of the office, Mr. Hynes faces a challenge from Kenneth P. Thompson, a prominent lawyer in private practice, and Abe George, a former prosecutor with the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Both raised more campaign money in the first filing period than Mr. Hynes.
Mr. Hynes, 77, who is white, stood before a group of supporters who were mostly minorities, in what some in the crowd interpreted as a demonstration of his support in Brooklyn’s large black and Hispanic communities. Mr. Thompson, 46, is black and Mr. George, 34, is of Indian descent.
“We’re not done,” Mr. Hynes said to the crowd of about 100 people during the 20 minute rally. “Not by a long shot.” He ticked off a long list of what he called his accomplishments, including fewer murders than when he took office, and popular initiatives like special courts for drug cases and domestic violence cases.
Those who attended the rally included Letitia James, a prominent city councilwoman; Frank R. Seddio, chairman of the Kings County Democratic Committee; Marty Markowitz, the borough president; and more than a dozen other elected officials. Former Mayor David N. Dinkins, who also endorsed Mr. Hynes, did not attend.
Mr. Markowitz called the gathering “more than a political rally — it’s a love fest.”
Mr. Hynes’s opponent, Mr. George, said the show of support obscured a troubled office. He spoke of a string of wrongful convictions by the office that have been uncovered, and Mr. Hynes’s failure to aggressively prosecute sexual abuse cases in the Orthodox Jewish community.
“Despite all these elected officials that are coming out to support, when you take a close look at the record of Joe Hynes, you see that there was some serious problems that Brooklyn has been facing over the last several years,” Mr. George said.