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.
“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.”