Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mazel Tov: Brooklyn District Attorney candidate Ken Thompson scores endorsement from Assemblyman Dov Hikind 

 Brooklyn District Attorney candidate Ken Thompson is good for the Jews — at least according to Orthodox power broker, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who endorsed Thompson Tuesday in Borough Park.

"It's time for a change," Hikind said referring to incumbent District Attorney Charles Hynes' six terms in office. "As a prosecutor and attorney in private practice, Ken has a proven track record of fighting for one standard of justice."

The reference to one standard was intentional. Hynes was long criticized for pacifying a key voting bloc by ignoring sex crimes in the Hasidic community. But more recently, Hynes has been accused of being too aggressive with Jewish pervs, such as Satmar counselor Nechemya Weberman, who was sentenced to 103 years in February for abusing a Williamsburg girl.

Brooklyn's Orthodox Jews are known to vote en masse and are often courted by a bevy of political hopefuls during election season.

The endorsement came despite a revelation that Thompson, a former federal prosecutor, failed to file his personal financial information with the Conflict of Interest Board.

The oversight could cost Thompson a fine of up to $10,000 — and prompted a spokesman for Hynes to blast Thompson's "hypocrisy."

"While Thompson seeks the top law enforcement office in Brooklyn, he does not feel like the law applies to him. What is he hiding? What doesn't he want the public to know?" said Hynes' campaign spokesman, George Arzt.

Thompson's spokesman, James Freedland, said the forms were merely sent in late — though he refused to make them available to the Daily News.

"If District Attorney Hynes spent less time obsessing over other candidates paperwork and more about delivering justice to victims, his office's reputation wouldn't be tarnished," Freedland said.


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