Let me offer some disclosure.
If I originally had a natural bias toward anyone in this race for Brooklyn District Attorney, it was Joe Hynes.
Hynes was the Special Prosecutor in the 1986 case of the Howard Beach white thugs, who murdered a black young man named Michael Griffith, because Griffith dared to be in their neighborhood.
Hynes handled that case with stand-out dignity and courage, and he achieved justice.
(I covered that Howard Beach case for Newsday. In fact, I was the first reporter to interview the black friends of Michael Griffith who survived the racial attack.)
Here's another disclosure: My son, then a teen and now a physician, once worked in Hynes' prosecuting office as an intern. My son held people there in high regard.
There are other reasons I have tender feelings about Hynes.
In the mid-1990s, my grandmother's sister (born in Brooklyn in 1904 and now deceased) was the victim of a contractor who scammed her out of $13,000.
A detective investigator from Hynes' office went to my aunt's home in Bed-Stuy; he called the contractor and threatened to make sure the low-life wound up in jail unless he repented - or even better, turned over the money.
The thug turned over the money.
One last thing about Hynes that I have to say is that he has a press team that, in my opinion, stands out for its professionalism.
Back when Brooklyn was becoming a blogging capital, about 2007, Hynes' press guy Jerry Schemetterer and press adviser Morty Matz put together a session for local bloggers, so they could meet with Hynes and ask any questions they wanted.
Yes, I, BrooklynRon, was one of those bloggers.
(I was once a reporter with the Daily News and worked with Jerry Schmetterer, who ran the cop shop. Let's just say that I hold Jerry in high regard.)
Now the wheel has turned. There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Ken Thompson. Thompson handled himself with impressive toughness during debates with Hynes, and I concluded from the performances that Hynes' time had come and gone.
About a month ago, I produced a video (re-offered here above and below) in which John Kennedy O'Hara accuses Hynes of abusing his prosecutorial powers and going after those who opposed Hynes or opposed the Brooklyn Democratic organization.
The charges are stunning. When I went to Hynes' office to ask for a reaction, I was told that they had no reaction. They didn't want to say anything in their defense.
Which led me to accept that it was all pretty much true.
The pain, determination and righteousness seen in O'Hara's face have left a mark on the minds of many hundreds of Brooklynites who have seen the video.
Let's say also that the mainstream media was guilty of non-feasance on this O'Hara story. Still, let's conceded that The New York Times aggressively went after Hynes for allowing grievous cases of police investigatory abuse. And The New York Daily News endorsed Thompson over Hynes.
Kudos especially to Christopher Ketcham, the writer who first brought the O'Hara story to the light of day in The Brooklyn Rail. Read "The Slave Auctions and the End of the Kung-Fu Judge." Read also "Erasing the Kung Fu Judge."
In my video you'll see John O'Hara speaking about his deceased and abused friend Judge John Phillips (the Kung Fu Judge) and you''ll see the impact that the treatment of Phillips had on O'Hara.