Katrina Vanden Heuvel Has Endorsed a D.A. Candidate

Last month, I wrote about how Democrat Richard Aborn is running for Manhattan district attorney as a more liberal candidate than the job usually attracts.

For example, he has said things like, “We have to make sure we’re not in the business of prosecuting everybody that is arrested, but prosecuting only those people who are guilty.” And early on, he called for an independent investigation into what he said could be "gay profiling."

Even Aborn's law-and-order endorsers come with unimpeachably liberal credentials, like LAPD chief Bill Bratton, who, New York Democrats will remember approvingly, was eventually pushed out by Rudy Giuliani.

But today, maybe the clearest sign that Aborn is playing a slightly different game than his opponents: the campaign announced an endorsement from Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation

On her blog, vanden Heuvel writes that the election “is providing a unique opportunity for a progressive re-envisioning of our criminal justice system.”

She goes on:

“Aborn speaks openly about the injustice of nearly one out of three African-American men spending part of their lifetime in jail, and the need to address the fact that four out of five young people are re-arrested within a few years of their first offense. In plainly addressing facts that politicians are too cautious to bring up, he's reminding Americans who may have forgotten the full meaning of 'justice' in the 'criminal justice' system.”