Staten Island Congressional candidate and decorated war vet Max Rose is detouring from the campaign trail for military training.
Rose is on leave from his campaign between Sunday and Aug. 20 for squad-level combat exercises with the New York National Guard, a spokeswoman for the Democrat said.
During the two-week training, Rose is barred from campaigning, speaking to the press, fundraising or even posting on social media, spokeswoman Jennifer Blatus said.
A company commander with the 69th Infantry Battalion, Rose is running against Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in a district that encompasses Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.
Rose earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star while serving as an Army captain in Afghanistan.
Though he could have put off the training until after the Nov. 6 election, Rose said he wanted to be able to train with his unit.
“Serving in the in the Army and now the Guard has been an incredible honor, and I would never put the campaign before my fellow soldiers,” Rose said in a statement. “In fact, the problem with Congress today is that politicians are putting their re-elections ahead of our country, and that’s not who I am.”
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