Politicker reports that Brooklyn D.A. Charles "Joe" Hynes is denying racist Yiddish language ads placed in Yiddish newspapers bearing his campaign logo are actually his ads.
“It’s not my advertisement. I didn’t put it in. I had no control over the content. What I was told was that the minority word refers to turnout and not African-Americans. I had nothing to do with the ad,” Hynes told Politicker, essentially admitting the ads were placed by his campaign workers but denying he had any direct control over or responsibility for them.
Hynes has refused to apologize for the racist ads or retract them since they were published late last week in two Brooklyn Yiddish language newspapers owned by Satmar hasidim.
But Hynes did take time to attack New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Hikind was part of press conference yesterday held by major Brooklyn political leaders to criticize Hynes for the racist ads.
When asked about the press conference – which had three elected members of the US Congress fully participating and criticizing Hynes along with Hikind – Hynes snorted.
"This is the guy who has blackface? Nobody pays any attention to Dov Hikind. Dov Hikind’s a relatively mature man wearing blackface,” Hynes said, referring to Hikind's notorious Purim costume that saw Hikind decked out like an African American basketball player complete with blackface.
Jacob Kornbluh, who shot the above video, says Hynes also called Hikind a "schmuck."“…Dov Hikind, a relatively mature man wearing blackface. That’s a schmuck,” Kornbluh reported Hynes said.
One of Hynes own prosecutors, Justin Marrus, had a picture of himself in blackface and an Afro wig posted on his Facebook account. Hynes had nothing negative to say about Marrus, though – allegedly because the offending photos were posted before Marrus was hired by Hynes. But the fact that Marrus' father is a sitting judge in Brooklyn may also play a role.
Also today, Hynes also dismissed a report that showed that a convicted felon, former judge Sol Wachtler, used "schwarze," a Yiddish anti-Black slur, in emails to Hynes – emails that Hynes reportedly forwarded to others.
“That I would seriously allow anyone to use that derogatory term in my presence without condemning them–it’s an outrage. There’s no question that the hacker who hacked into my account substituted those words to embarrass Judge Wachtler and me,” Hynes reportedly said. So far, his campaign has provided no proof that Hynes' email account or Wachtler's was hacked.
Since deciding to go back on his word and run as a Republican and Conservative after being trounced in the Democratic primary by Ken Thompson, Hynes' strategy has clearly been to scare hasidim into breaking with their powerbrokers and vote for him over Thompson, who after his stunning primary win has been endorsed by powerbrokers from both Satmar factions.
To that end, Hynes has used a series of race-baiting ads and remarks to remind white – and especially hasidic – voters that Thompson is Black.
Hynes has also tried to link Thompson and his supporters to crime – the subject of the racist Yiddish ads that sparked such a large outcry this weekend. But Hynes has done so solely by smears and innuendo.
As for the above video, FailedMessiah.com is told the barker is a veteran detective investigator, Douglas LeVien, who is currently an executive assistant in Hynes' office.
In 2005, LeVien was caught red handed using a taxpayer-financed car with official government plates to campaign for Hynes – a big no-no.
Even so, Hynes chose not to formally discipline LeVien.
Hynes newest Yiddish campaign ad labels Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg and other anti-child-sex abuse activists "mosrim," informers, and says:
The Jewish mosrim (informers)
[Are] With Thompson
The Jewish leaders and activists
[Are] With Hynes
The choice is clear
Don't play with Jewish blood
Vote Charles Hynes