October 2, 2018

President Barack Obama endorses Staten Island Democrat Max Rose

President Barack Obama endorsed Staten Island Democratic congressional candidate Max Rose on Monday.

“Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something–to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service,” Obama announced in a tweet. “They deserve your vote.”

Rose told the Advance Obama’s support is proof that he’s fighting for change on a local level.

“President Obama’s support is a reflection of the grassroots campaign we’re running,” said Rose, a St. George resident and U.S. Army veteran who last worked in health care. “Every day, we’re fighting to change our politics, just like he called for years ago. With every door we knock, and every call we make, we are one step closer to making our politics what it should be.”

Rose has garnered  support from most of Staten Island’s Democratic elected officials and has also been supported by some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, including former Vice President Joe Biden, the no. 2 House Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

The St. George Democrat has been named to the the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) “Red-to-Blue” program, which provides strategic support and other resources for candidates, earlier this year. Though the Cook Political Report still marks the race as “Likely Republican.”

A spokeswoman for Donovan’s campaign, Jessica Proud, responded to the endorsement, saying that it shows that Rose is connected to national establishment Democrats. Proud also contrasted the endorsement with Donovan’s endorsement from the New York-New Jersey Conference of the Transport Workers of America union.

“Obama’s endorsements today of Max Rose and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is a dangerous liberal trifecta that will ram through higher taxes, single-payer health care, and abolishing ICE,” said Proud. “Every day that goes by is more evidence that Max Rose’s entire campaign is being driven by Washington Democrats. The contrast between Dan’s endorsement today from transit union workers in the district and Rose’s could not be more clear.”

Rose doesn’t support abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and has come out against single-payer health care.

Rose is challenging Donovan (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn), a two-term Republican incumbent, and has raised $1.95 million while Donovan has raised about $1.82 million as of June 30.

Rose has garnered much of the support of Staten Island’s Democratic elected officials and has also been supported by some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, including former Vice President Joe Biden, the no. 2 House Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer, and U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand.

The general election is on Nov. 6.

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