STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – There’s no problem too small for Rep. Max Rose.
That’s what dozens of his supporters told the Advance during his reelection campaign kick off on Saturday at the Vanderbilt.
Hundreds of supporters wearing ‘Max Rose’ shirts, stickers, and holding signs that read ‘Max Rose Gets S#!@ Done’ and ‘Max Rose for Congress’ packed out The Vanderbilt, which was adorned with American flags and blue and red lighting for the occasion.
Rose took the stage and touted his accomplishments in Congress – finalizing the East Shore seawall, lowering FEMA premiums, funding for the opioid crisis and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, among others.
“When you do what’s right, not what’s just best for your party, we get [expletive] done,” Rose said.
But there’s still work that needs to be done, he said.
In regards to his republican opponent, current East Shore Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Rose said she’s done nothing for her constituents.
“Despite being in office for 10 years, what has she done? Nothing,” Rose yelled.
“She changes her convictions every time she runs for office. She represents everything we hate in politics,” he continued.
Malliotakis’ campaign spokesman Rob Ryan said, “Congressman Rose needs to get his facts straight; long before he moved to Staten Island, Assemblywoman Malliotakis was fighting for her constituents, helping them as they recovered and rebuilt from Super Storm Sandy and long before Max Rose was elected, Nicole Malliotakis was fighting for the approval of the seawall and then delivered state funding for it. Max Rose simply doesn’t want to talk about his disastrous record where he votes with Nancy Pelosi 98% of the time and then votes along with Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff to impeach the president. It’s plain to see, Max Rose is out of touch with the voters of South Brooklyn and Staten Island.”
Rose went on to say that the stakes are even higher now than when he won in 2018.
“We get things done by going to war with the establishment. I will only answer to Staten Island and South Brooklyn,” he said.
‘IF IT MATTERS TO YOU, IT MATTERS TO MAX ROSE’
“Max doesn’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican. Hell, it doesn’t matter if you vote for him or not –he’s there for you,” said John Moss, an Army veteran, before Rose took the stage.
Moss told the crowd, “If it matters to you, it matters to Max Rose.”
Rose helped Moss navigate the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and its hospital when Moss had lost all hope, he said.
Rose was also introduced by Micelle Kunz, who lost her son Robert, to addiction. Kunz joined Rose during the State of the Union in 2019.
“He is a man of his word and I am proud to say that Congressman Max Rose is my friend, and he is a crusader in the fight against Substance Use Disorder. I have personally seen the remarkable changes that he is responsible for, and I applaud his continued efforts against combating addiction,” Kunz said.
Bob Ollis, veteran and father of fallen Staff Sergeant Michael H. Ollis, introduced Rose to the crowd — but not before sharing how Rose helped his family.
“He has never forgotten us,” Ollis said.
“We had Republicans before Max and nothing go done. Listen to Max — things are getting done now!” he exclaimed, urging all in the crowd to continue to support him in his reelection.
‘HE GETS THINGS DONE FOR STATEN ISLAND’
Steve and Pat Higgins of West Brighton said they are “big, big fans” of Rose.
“I’m very impressed with him, especially when it comes to Big Pharma,” said Pat, a nurse.
“Politics aside, he gets things done for Staten Island,” Steve said.
Dozens of union members were there to support Rose as well. Rose is a politician who fights for transit and fights for unions, Nuch Stuto, member and board member of the Amalgamated Transit Union.
During his speech, Rose told the energetic crowd that “unions are the backbone of the country” and he will continue to fight for them, citing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), which passed this week in the House of Representatives.
Judith Gold and Mary Peppito traveled from Manhattan to support Rose, a man who they said “stands for what he believes in.”
“It’s tough to vote for impeachment in this climate but he did what he thought was right,” Peppito said.
Rose is aware of how Staten Island has been notoriously ignored, Gold said, adding, “he’s very issues-centered.”
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