NEW YORK — Former Rep. Max Rose will not run for mayor of New York City this year.
The Staten Island Democrat bowed out on Sunday, several weeks after opening an account with the city’s Campaign Finance Board and announcing that he was exploring a mayoral bid.
“After serious consideration, I will not be running for Mayor of New York this year,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
Rose, an Army veteran, had set his sights on City Hall after losing his bid for re-election to a second term in Congress, defeated by Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican.
But he faced a large field of rivals and some difficult electoral math: His base on Staten Island and in southern Brooklyn has some of the lowest turnouts in Democratic primaries. And the moderate positions he took in Congress may have put him at odds with key Democratic voting blocs elsewhere in the city.
“I urge every candidate to recognize that across the five boroughs no one believes that City Hall is on the side of the working class. People are scared and unsure if the New York they love will still exist in the years to come,” Rose said. “The next mayor can’t just balance the budget, he or she must build a social contract that leaves no one behind. New York City can set the governing example for the rest of the world.”
He gave few hints about his political future, but said he and his wife Leigh hope to adopt a baby this year. Their son, Miles, was born last spring.
“While I won’t be a candidate for Mayor this cycle, I am not going anywhere in the fight to make our city and country live up to their promise,” he said.
Rose lost the contentious Congressional race in November after his opponent, Malliotakis, attacked him for attending a Black Lives Matter protest. Criticism of Mayor Bill de Blasio also featured heavily in that race, with Rose running an ad declaring in its entirety: “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City. That’s the whole ad.”
With Rose out of the race, mayoral contenders include attorney Maya Wiley, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, former veterans services commissioner Loree Sutton, former non-profit executive Dianne Morales, and former Citigroup vice-chair Ray McGuire.
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