Hynes Cannot Win Reelection Running as a Republican

Charles J Hynes after he lost reelection photo by Arthur DeGaeta in The Brooklyn Paper

Charles J Hynes after he lost reelection
photo by Arthur DeGaeta in The Brooklyn Paper

Charles (Joe) Hynes is in the wrong county for a Republican and he is out of money. There is no way for him to overturn the primary election verdict of Brooklyn voters that handed the Democratic nomination for District Attorney to Kenneth Thompson by eleven points.

Every political operative in New York City knows that a Republican endorsement in Brooklyn is as useless as a Socialist Party endorsement for Governor of Mississippi. In 2009, Bloomberg, with his winning, hundred-million-dollar campaign fund, lost Brooklyn by 6%. In the 1993 mayoral election, Rudy Giuliani unseated David Dinkins by fifty-three thousand votes but lost Brooklyn by eleven thousand votes. Brooklyn is not a good place for Republican candidates especially when they are running against African-Americans.

According to a “10 Day Post Primary Report,” the Friends of Charles Hynes campaign organization has only $20,000. I cannot see Republican bigwigs placing their bets on Hynes and replenishing his campaign treasury.

Hynes got it right on primary night when he conceded and promised to cooperate with the Thompson transition team. He should stick to that promise. Instead, Hynes is coyly posturing for the media about his interest in campaigning as a Republican while ignoring his job responsibilities as DA. He has thrown his office into turmoil with several of his executives threatening DA staff inclined to cooperate with the Thompson transition team. I fear that Hynes’ legacy will be a muddled transition which further degrades his already lackluster organization.

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