Is that the bogeyman peeking out from behind the shuttered blinds? No, that’s Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, lurking in the shadows.
The latest literature from Mr. Hynes’s challenger, Ken Thompson, digs deep at the long-time incumbent, portraying him as a shady interloper who can’t keep Brooklynites safe.
“A D.A. is supposed to keep our streets safe by preserving justice,” the mailer reads. “But here in Brooklyn, something’s gone terrible wrong.”
On the other side, the dramatic mailer proclaims that it is “Time to fire Charles Hynes.”
Overall, the mailer fits the tone of the heated race, which has grown increasingly nasty. At a recent debate, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Hynes clashed repeatedly on many of the same allegations: several highly-publicized wrongful convictions, Mr. Hynes’s mixed record prosecuting sex offenders in the Orthodox Jewish community and a low felony conviction rate.
Mr. Thompson, who is black, has also worked to portray the elderly white Mr. Hynes as someone out of touch with the needs of minority communities. In return, Mr. Hynes has charged that Mr. Thompson’s legal career is undistinguished and that he is unfit for the office of district attorney.
For their part, the Hynes campaign furiously denounced the “shocking” Thompson mailer in a lengthy statement.
“It’s shocking for a DA candidate to put out such sleazy, slimy trash,” Hynes spokesman George Arzt said, pivoted to a laundry list of their own attacks: “This sort of dirty political chicanery is typical of a frantic, arrogant candidate that couldn’t even take his case before his legal peers and ducked out of a long scheduled debate at the Brooklyn Bar. Assn., who tried to quash an investigation into the State Senate on casino gambling and undermined the Manhattan DA’s case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.”
“Certainly,” Mr. Arzt added, “the voters of Brooklyn will take this mail as evidence of a failed candidate without a record to present to the voters.”
The contest between the two will be decided in the Democratic primary–just 11 days away.