As a Jew I am not into Christian versions of resurrection. But Brooklyn is witnessing just such an attempt on behalf of Charles (Joe) Hynes. He just lost the race for the Democratic nomination for Brooklyn District Attorney by eleven points to Kenneth Thompson. Since Brooklyn voter registrations are seventy percent Democratic, you would think that would be the end of it. Even Hynes thought so on election night when he said he would not campaign to get votes even though his name is also on the Republican and Conservative party lines. Joe Hynes also offered Thompson office space for a transition operation. The Daily News credited Hynes with a “Classy Exit.”
Well, the signs are now pointing to another broken promise by Hynes and a shabby return to the political arena. Officially, Hynes hasn’t yet broken his promise but it is clear he is itching to get back out of the cave. There is a draft-Hynes campaign underway–led by longtime Hynes cronies, Dennis Quirk and Marty Golden –and Hynes says he is “flattered.” If he was really out, he would have said, “flattered, but…” This easily flattered man wants the hosannas to include a very full campaign chest and his backers have gone to work.
Hasidim, approached by his Jewish Liaison, Henna White*, have pledged about a half a million dollars through their bundlers, Moshe (Gabbai) Friedman of Williamsburg and Ben Barber of Borough Park. This reminds me of the tragedy of the fire is a small synagogue where they lost a hundred dollars in cash and fifty million in pledge cards. Still, these bundlers might actually deliver.
They know that politician Hynes is a walking dead man. But they see an opportunity to recover from their primary-day fiasco when they endorsed the loser. They have come up with a cockamamie plan to recover. While some of them will give money to Hynes, other will contribute to Thompson. In one case the father will bundle for Hynes and the son will bundle for Thompson. If Thompson takes the money, the sins of the father will be visited on him. In fact, Thompson’s best strategy would be to decline the money. If he does, the father and others like him will not waste their money on Hynes.
This would all be amusing if it did not carry the risk of exacerbating race relations in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the strategy of Hynes’ backers includes tarnishing the reputations of people of color associated with Thompson. Curiously, they can not find any Caucasians to criticize because of their association with Thompson. Instead they have embraced a media version of “Stop and Fisk.”
*Henna White’s is supposedly paid her salary (~$138,000 in 2010) to facilitate the prosecution of ultra orthodox Jewish child abusers. The people she solicited are in the vanguard of the protection of molesters including Moshe Friedman’s cousin, Baruch (Mordechai) Lebovits.