No Sitting NYC DA Had Been Voted Out Of Office Since 1995 Before Last Night

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s the end of an era for Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, one day after losing the primary in his re-election bid.

As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, the Brooklyn DA’s office was a dismal place on Wednesday.

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The longtime DA lost by a large margin to Democratic primary challenger Kenneth Thompson in Tuesday’s election.

The loss came as a shock to those in the DA’s office, Cornell reported. Hynes expected the race to be close but did not anticipate that he’d be blown out.

Thompson, a lawyer best known for representing the maid in the sex assault scandal involving former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, won the Democratic nomination for Brooklyn district attorney Tuesday, unseating Hynes after 24 years.

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Unofficial election results show Thompson beat Hynes by 10 points, 55 percent to 45 percent.

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No sitting DA had been voted out of office in New York City since 1955, Cornell reported.

When Hynes first became Brooklyn’s top prosecutor, he already had a long record of public service as fire commissioner and as a special prosecutor.

Hynes’ campaign strategy had involved announcing a flurry of indictments and making news every day with community leaders by his side.

But he’d gotten a lot of bad press and Thompson campaigned hard against Hynes for what he called a record of wrongful convictions and questions of prosecutorial misconduct, Cornell reported.

During his concession speech, Hynes, 78, said “I guess folks came to the conclusion that it was my time.”

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