Word from sources in the Brooklyn DA office is that Vecchione is looking just plain terrible. Gone is the confident dapper Michael Vecchione, Head of the Rackets Division. For years he has weathered accusations of misconduct with arrogant aplomb. Not any more.
He has been battered with a lot of bad news, but insiders suspect he is afraid that much worse will yet come out. Perhaps he is sensing that his subordinates are no longer willing to cooperate with his alleged hair-brained illegal schemes to cover up previous illegal schemes. Perhaps he is afraid of whistleblowers who have been leaking to various media and blogging outlets.
Perhaps Vecchione realizes that Charles Hynes could lose this election and he will be out of a job and tainted in the eyes of other prospective employers. Hynes’ election prospects have been seriously dented by recent developments favoring his opponent in the September primary, Kenneth Thompson. Abe George dropped out of the race and threw his support to Thompson. The powerful SEIU/1099 union, with over a 100,000 members in Brooklyn, endorsed Thompson and will be deploying its get-out-the-vote apparatus on his behalf. Orthodox Jewish NYS Assemblyman, Dov Hikind, also came out strongly for Thompson and denounced Hynes for his prosecution of Samuel Kellner. Last month, Thompson was endorsed by two Brooklyn US House Representatives.
In the last weeks of the campaign, newspaper endorsements will matter. I suspect the New York Times, which has run a number of critical stories about Hynes, will not endorse Hynes. For all of the bravado by partisans of both candidates, I don’t think anyone really knows which way the election will go. But a few months ago, most observers assumed Hynes would win again. The momentum now favors Thompson. Others who have been sitting this one out, may finally decide to take sides and back Thompson.
Stay tuned. I will cheerfully report future developments as they unfold.