Kassar and Golden’s most important City Counsel Candidate Greenfield makes strategic move of throwing Hynes under the bus
Social conservative Hayon’s and anti-pedophile blogs’ attacks push Greenfield into corner — and Greenfield tries to duck and slide out of trap
“After blasting Ken Thompson throughout a fiery Democratic primary for Brooklyn district attorney, Councilman David Greenfield reversed course today and endorsed him over his rival, incumbent Charles Hynes....” ( See “David Greenfield Flips Endorsement to Ken Thompson” by Ross Barkan, 10/30/13, NY Observer/ Politicker [http://politicker.com/2013/10/david-greenfield-flips-endorsement-to-ken-thompson/]).
As has been well reported here and throughout various media outlets, DA Hynes had resumed his uphill re-election bid on the GOP and Conservative Party lines after his Democratic Primary loss. This renewed campaign by Mr. Hynes has upset many in the Brooklyn Democratic establishment. Nonetheless, even though Councilman Greenfield is a Democrat, he didn’t endorse the Democratic primary winner for DA for over seven weeks. Instead, he made his switch very late in the game, as he emphasized that it would be a unifying moment for his community. Along with that, he tried to dismiss his own heated rhetoric against Thompson during the primary as not meaning very much.
However, even in endorsing Kenneth Thompson to be the Brooklyn DA, Greenfield tried to minimize his switch to the Democratic DA Candidate. Perhaps to mollify his Conservative Party supporters, Councilman Greenfield indicated that in any case his switched endorsement would not be likely to swing overwhelming numbers of voters.
Don’t buy any of Greenfield’s equivocation. The withdrawal of Greenfield’s support from DA Hynes is a devastating blow to Hynes’ chances of pulling an upset, because it had always been assumed that, campaigning as a Republican-Conservative candidate, Hynes would run strong in Borough Park and the Orthodox Jewish sections of Midwood and Gravesend. Now, Hynes is not supported by either of the Orthodox Jewish candidates running for City Council on the Republican and Conservative Party lines with Hynes in those neighborhoods – Hayon being the candidate on the Republican line and Greenfield on the Conservative.
Democrat Greenfield’s switch from Hynes to Thompson is a partial vindication of the campaigns of Hayon and several Orthodox Jewish anti-pedophile blogs that have pounded both Hynes and Greenfield, in his own rite and for having supported Hynes. An added benefit for Hayon is that it completely fractures the unity of the Conservative ticket that he is directly running against as a social conservative running on the Republican line and supporting fellow social conservative Erick Salgado, who is running for mayor as the School Choice candidate.
Conversely, this is nothing but a humiliation of Greenfield’s strong patrons in the Republican and Conservative Parties, State Senator Golden, together with Golden’s Chief of Staff and Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar.