Democratic elected officials from throughout Brooklyn gathered on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall Monday in a united show of support of Ken Thompson for Brooklyn District Attorney. Thompson beat out six-term incumbent Charles “Joe” Hynes by ten points in the September 10th primary.
“Ken understands that a progressive, smart-on-crime approach to public safety means rooting out crime wherever it exists without compromising our civil rights,” said Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.
Elected officials at the Borough Hall rally included North Brooklyn’s Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Councilmember Diana Reyna, District Leader Linda Minucci and Steve Cohn, as well as Kings County Democratic Leader Frank Seddio, Chairman of the Assembly’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Karim Camara, Manhattan Borough President and City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer and Councilmember Letitia “Tish” James who the next day would become the Democratic Public Advocate candidate.
“Ken Thompson has been laser-focused on smart solutions to tackle crime, drive guns off our streets, and build bridges between law enforcement and the community,” Stringer said. “He is part of a new generation of progressive leaders that will work to keep this City safe.”
Flanked at the podium by wife Lu-Shawn, Stringer and Seddio who organized the rally, Thompson said “We are united in bringing a new vision to our criminal justice system. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, I will fight every day to keep our streets safe and our communities whole.”
As the Democratic Party threw its support behind Thompson, rumors swirled that Hynes would mount a comeback, running on the Republican line in November’s general election. “Ken Thompson won the primary fair and square,” Seddio said in a statement. “This is no time for Joe Hynes to turn his back on the Democratic Party. We profoundly regret his action after a long and distinguished career in public service…Brooklyn Democrats are 100 percent united behind our candidate Ken Thompson who will win in November.”