May 14, 2018

Max Rose gets endorsement from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

A Democrat looking to flip a House seat on Staten Island picked up an endorsement Monday from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Gillibrand is throwing her support behind Max Rose, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination to run for the seat held by Republican Congressman Daniel Donovan.

Donovan’s also facing a primary challenge from the seat’s previous occupant, convicted felon Michael Grimm.

“We need elected officials in Congress with the courage to lead and Max Rose has done that throughout his life,” New York’s junior senator said in a statement provided by the Rose campaign.

 Gillibrand cited Rose’s military service in Afghanistan and said he’d work to take on the NRA and pass laws to provide universal healthcare and end the drug epidemic.

“That’s the kind of leader Staten Island and South Brooklyn deserve, and that’s why I am so proud to support him in his race for Congress,” she said.

Rose has been gathering both support and cash in the run-up to the June primary for the seat. He’s been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program, through which the DCCC provides support to candidates with a good shot of flipping a seat.

He’s reported raising more than $570,000 in campaign donations in the last period, far and away the most among Democrats vying for the nomination and considerably more than Donovan’s $305,257.

“Senator Gillibrand has been a fierce advocate for New York and every American who needed a champion,” Rose said in a statement, citing the top Democrat’s efforts against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and sexual assault in the military. “I am honored to have her support and look forward to fighting with her for all Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites if I am privileged enough to be elected this November.”

A recent poll commissioned by the DCCC found that on the Republican side, Grimm — who left the office in disgrace to serve prison time for tax evasion — held a commanding lead over Donovan. There’s also a possibility that all three candidates could appear on the ballot in November. Donovan currently has the Conservative and Reform lines, and Grimm has said he will launch a write-in bid for the Conservative line.

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