After losing the primary to Thompson -- by a wide margin -- and announcing the end of his bid for a 7th term in office, Hynes reversed himself, and is now campaigning against Thompson as a Republican/Conservative in the November 5 General Election.
The Times, comparing the two candidates, credited Hynes for his role, during his nearly 24-year term, in developing cost-effective alternatives to incarceration for drug defendants and inmates re-entering society, and his innovative programs for domestic violence victims.
But the Times found these parts of Hynes' record overshadowed by charges that he had played politics in handling sex abuse allegations in Brooklyn's politically-powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish community; that he had remained loyal to tarnished deputy Michael Vecchione; and that he had looked away as his office wrongly convicted a string of defendants based on discredited testimony.
While the Times found Thompson, a former federal prosecutor and a partner in private firm Thompson Wigdor, less-than-ideal as Hynes' successor, in that Thompson lacks management experience and has been faulted for playing to the press while representing Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel housekeeper who took down IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn with a sex assault lawsuit, the Times called Thompson "smart" and passionate about fighting crime and injustice.
Challenging Thompson to follow through on his pledge to bring in experienced advisers to review the Brooklyn DA's office operations; to strengthen the prosecution of gun crimes; to curb stop-and-frisk abuses; to complete a review of disgraced detective Lou Scarcella's cases; and to continue building on Hynes' successful programs for victims and offenders, the Times endorsed Thompson.