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“Too many on Staten Island and South Brooklyn put in the work, then get left out of the prosperity they helped create. That’s why I’m running for Congress.”
I’m running for Congress because I’ve seen how broken our government and politics have become and I know we are capable of so much more. As a combat platoon leader in Afghanistan, I saw the men and women I served with do the impossible every day because that’s what our country asked them to do. I’m fed up with politicians who lack the commitment and courage to do the same.
America used to think big. Our government used to look out for the people who woke up every day and went to work to make their community and country a better place. That’s the America I fought for. That’s the America I believe is still possible. I refuse to accept that what we see in D.C. is the best we can do. There’s no reason we can’t have affordable universal healthcare or an education system that prepares students for the 21st century without burying them in debt. I reject the idea that there’s not enough funding to bring the same resources to fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic that we did to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. And I find it unacceptable that Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites continue to have one of the longest commutes in the nation.
The time for excuses and the same old failed leadership is over. Staten Island and South Brooklyn deserve a representative who will fight like hell for them. Someone with the courage to lead. That’s what I’ve done throughout my life and I’m not going to stop now. They tell us it’s impossible to change Washington D.C. Let’s prove them wrong.
“We launched this campaign to do things differently,” said Rose with tears welling up in his eyes. “We weren’t just trying to earn votes in Staten Island and south Brooklyn, we were trying to earn people’s trust. You don’t need special interests, you don’t need lobbyists. You just need the people.”