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It may not be a smoke-filled room, but the Greenhouse Cafe in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was the setting Wednesday night that persuaded Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes to actively campaign as a Republican to keep his job, said a source familiar with the meeting.
Hynes, who is a Democrat, lost the September party primary to attorney Kenneth Thompson and initially said he wouldn't actively campaign on the Republican and Conservative lines where he is also the candidate for the job as prosecutor. But in recent weeks, as friends and some in the public, including prominent Republicans, pushed him to actively run, Hynes saw the possibilities.
While finances were a concern, the Bay Ridge meeting convinced Hynes that not only had there been a groundswell of support but that the money was there to get out the vote, said the source who didn't want to be named.
Frank Seddio, chairman of the Kings County Democratic Committee, put out a statement in which he expressed regret about Hynes decision.
"Ken Thompson won the primary fair and square," Seddio said. "This is no time for Joe Hynes to turn his back on the Democratic Party. We profoundly regret his action after a long and distinguished career in public service."
"The cynical Republican-led effort to create an internecine feud among Democrats in the race for Brooklyn District Attorney will end in failure," predicted Seddio.
Hynes didn't immediately return a telephone call for comment.