Max Rose bows out of the New York Mayor’s race

MP Max Rose speaks to constituents. | Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

NEW YORK – Former MP Max Rose will not run for Mayor of New York City this year.

The Staten Island Democrat said goodbye on Sunday, a few weeks after opening an account with the city’s Campaign Finance Board and announcing that he would be considering a mayoral offer.

“After serious deliberation, I will not run for Mayor of New York this year,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

Rose, an Army veteran, targeted City Hall after losing his bid for re-election for a second term in Congress, defeated by Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

But he was faced with a vast array of rivals and difficult electoral math: His base on Staten Island and south Brooklyn has some of the lowest turnouts in Democratic primary. And the moderate positions he held in Congress may have brought him into conflict with key democratic voting blocs in other parts of the city.

“I urge every candidate to recognize that no one in the five boroughs believes that City Hall is on the side of the working class. People are scared and unsure whether the New York they love will still exist for years to come, ”said Rose. “Not only can the next mayor balance the budget, he or she has to sign a social contract that leaves no one behind. New York City can be the model for the rest of the world. “

He gave little clues about his political future, but said he and his wife Leigh are hoping to adopt a baby this year. Their son Miles was born last spring.

“While I will not be a candidate for mayor this cycle, I will not fight anywhere in the struggle to ensure that our city and country keep their promise,” he said.

Rose lost the controversial congressional race in November after his opponent Malliotakis attacked him for participating in a protest against Black Lives Matter. The criticism of Mayor Bill de Blasio was also strong in this race. Rose ran an ad in its entirety: “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in New York City history. That’s the whole ad. “

Candidates for may include Attorney Maya Wiley, Former Sanitary Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, President of the City of Brooklyn, Eric Adams, Former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, City Councilor Carlos Menchaca, Former Veterans Service Commissioner Loree Sutton, Dianne Morales, former non-profit executive; and Ray McGuire, former vice chairman of Citigroup.

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang applied and was spotted in Brooklyn locations last week with an announcement video being filmed.

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