The Second Coming of Hynes?
The 24-year incumbent has lost his own party's mandate, polling just 44.5% of the primary vote to Thompson's 55.5%.
If, as GOP and Conservative leaders, including Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota, say they are urging him to do, Hynes campaigns for the general election, supporters say he could grab enough Democratic votes from Ken Thompson to win.
State Senator Marty Golden, crediting Hynes with getting "the scum of the earth off of the street," said Hynes' loss was less about the will of the people than the failure of the right people to show up at the polls. That, Golden said, could be rectified in the general election. All Hynes has to do, he said, is consent, and the campaign money will flow.
State Conservative Party Chair Mike Long told the Post he sees Hynes pulling off an upset from the Republican and Conservative lines.
Hynes, not expected to actively campaign in the general election, told the Post, after congratulating Thompson on his primary win and agreeing to help him transition into office, that he was "flattered" by the Republican and Conservative efforts to convince him to run again.
Thompson, who thought he and Hynes had a transition deal, has been left in an awkward position by Hynes' indecision.
And the Hynes' campaign has ramped up the nasty again, with campaign manager Dennis Quirk spreading the rumor, through the Post, that disgraced ex-Brooklyn party boss Clarence Norman, who Hynes (finally) put away in a "pay-to-play" case in 2007, is on Thompson's team because he dropped by Thompson's victory party.
Norman played no role in his campaign, Thompson told the Post.
The article from the New York Post.
Posted by Kip at Monday, September 16, 2013