Is Hynes Pulling An End Run Around The Will Of The Voters In Brooklyn?
I wrote in my last piece regarding the primaries; how I woke up after 11:00 PM to find out that Ken Thompson had beaten incumbent Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, among other triumphs.
It was a great day.
I thought to myself, in anticipation of the changes, that a number of people would see in their lives; notably, John Giuca and his mother, Doreen Giuliano, John Kennedy O'Hara, Jabbar Collins, David Ranta, Jeffrey Deskovic, Derrick Hamilton and Samuel Kellner, to name just a few.
I'd like to add to this list, posthumously, the dearly departed "Kung-Fu Judge", John Phillips. I hope that he looked on and performed a kata in our name.
Of course, nothing is set in stone until November. Just in case, if you aren't aware of this - Charles Hynes' name is still on the ballot for the November elections...and this is where I believe that he may be attempting an end run around the will of the voters of Kings County.
In past challenges, Hynes has used a manuever called the Wilson Pakula to ensure victory against tough challengers. From Wikipedia:
How is it that he has the ability to pull this out of his pocket at any given time? From my researches, this is a quid-pro-quo from the Brooklyn Republican Party for not having Albert Cleary arrested and charged with the murder of Mark Fisher - you know the case - the Grid Kid Slaying, if I recall correctly.
All available evidence indicates that Mark Fisher was found not more than 50 feet away from Albert Cleary's home. Amazingly, he was never questioned seriously as a suspect in the killing, if at all. John Guica was left holding the bag for Mark's death; despite non-existent evidence as to his participation, and a case of jury misconduct that I could stroll through, on stilts.
That being said...what's stopping Hynes from gathering enough votes to steal the election from Thompson, all the while maintaining that "he isn't running"?
I would like for Hynes to have his name removed from November's ballot, if he is truly sincere about not running.
Anything else is foolish.
Update (10/04/2013): Ken Thompson voices his suspicions on the Brian Lehrer Show
Like it has been said...insanity is watching the same thing happen, time after time, yet expecting that the next outcome will differ from the last.
If wishes were horses, fools would be sherrifs.
The only thing I'll post is this:
I did note that Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a bill repealing the manuever - "Cuomo Unveils Wilson-Pakula Repeal, Electoral Reform". NY State of Politics. April 30, 2013 (Retrieved September 11, 2013).
On the so-called "Robin Hood Tax":
Why is it okay for you and I to pay taxes on a sandwich, but not on financial transactions?
If that's the case, shouldn't we limit the amounts paid to brokers? I mean, we don't want to hurt the economy, right?