Charles (Joe) Hynes has a tremor in his left hand suggestive of Parkinson’s disease or some other serious neurological condition or perhaps a byproduct of a history of alcoholism. I am not a diagnostician. However, the tremor itself is quite visible in this video taken about a month ago.
His left hand is not visible while he talks and the tremor does not show while he is speaking and holding the mike in his right hand But, around 0:35, after he stops speaking, you see an awkward asymmetry of his arms and then at 0:42-0:53 you see him trying to steady his left-hand tremor by holding his left hand inside his right hand. You can again see the tremor between 0:59 and 1:07.
In most of his other videos he either keeps his left hand active through gross motor movements of his arm, or he holds it, or he puts his left hand in his pocket even as he is actively using his right arm. When is the last time you saw a politician glad-hand a crowd with one hand while leaving his other hand in his pocket?
As I said, I am not a diagnostician and don’t presume to know the cause of the tremor, its prognosis, or its implications for his ability to function as a district attorney. But many neurological conditions are progressive and can interfere with physical functions, communication, and cognitive functioning. Mr. Hynes has made a fetish of the fact that he disclosed his tax returns. Perhaps he owes us, even more, a medical report to confirm his health is good enough to justify assuming a heavy-duty, four-year obligation.
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