New York Rep. Max RoseMax RoseRussia ‘amplifying’ concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election: report Hillicon Valley: Democrats demand answers over Russian interference bulletin | Google Cloud wins defense contract for cancer research | Cyberattack disrupts virtual classes Democrats demand answers on report DHS withheld Russian election interference intelligence MORE castigated Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMSNBC’s Sharpton: Defunding police ‘something a latte liberal may go for’ New York infection rate stays below 1 percent for 30 straight days Democratic mayors rip Trump funding threat: We’re not ‘political pawns’ MORE, a fellow Democrat, as the worst mayor in New York City history in a seconds-long ad released Wednesday.
“Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City,” the Staten Island Democrat says in the 15-second spot.
“That’s it, guys,” he adds after a brief pause. “That’s the whole ad.”
Bill de Blasio is the worst Mayor in the history of New York City.
— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) September 9, 2020
A spokesman for de Blasio fired back on Twitter, questioning whether Rose “prefers Fernando Wood,” a reference to the city’s 1850s-era mayor who wished for the state to secede during the Civil War.
Rose was one of several Democrats in 2018 to flip a GOP-held seat, defeating former Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) by just under 4 points. He is running for reelection this year against State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
The district is historically the most electorally conservative in New York City. The Cook Political Report rates it as a toss-up in the 2020 election.
Rose has targeted the mayor before for criticism, accusing him of “actively trying to kill” the city’s restaurant industry by banning indoor dining.
The first-term congressman told Fox News that the city’s restaurants “are on life support,” adding, “Come the fall when the temperature starts to go down, if this is not fixed, you will see the majority of our restaurants go out of business.”
“This is as serious and as personal as it gets. When you open a restaurant, it’s not a 9-to-5. That’s your life, and your workers are your family,” Rose said. “You’ve invested everything you have in that. And now what we have in New York City with this mayor is he’s actively trying to kill them.”