Schumer: In Brooklyn D.A. Race, Hynes Should Stand Down

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Sen. Chuck Schumer says Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes should not run on the Republican line for Brooklyn District Attorney. Instead, Schumer said, Hynes should start an orderly transition to Ken Thompson, who beat him in a Democratic primary last month. 

After repeatedly saying he will not seek re-election after losing in the Democratic primary,  Hynes said last week he would run on the Republican ballot line. 

“When you lose the primary and you are a Democrat the whole time, you ought to support the Democratic candidate,” Schumer said at a press conference endorsing Thompson. “That’s what I have done even when I have backed people who lost in the Democratic primary.”

Hynes said he based his decision to re-enter the race on reports that Clarence Norman Jr., the disgraced Brooklyn Democratic Party boss who was imprisoned by Hynes for selling judgeships, is backing Thompson.

Thompson said Hynes’ accusation of his ties with the disgraced assemblyman was a “complete desperation move.” He said that Hynes is "using that to justify his decision to turn his back on the people of Brooklyn. He promised that he was gonna have a smooth transition. That’s what we should have. That’s what the people of Brooklyn deserve.” 

 A Hynes spokesman said the district attorney understands Schumer's endorsement of a fellow Democrat is "understandable."