NEW YORK – Former MP Max Rose won’t 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 be around for years to come, ”said Rose. “The next mayor can’t just balance the budget, he or she has to sign a social contract that leaves no one behind. New York City can set the example 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 won’t be a candidate for mayor this cycle, I won’t be going anywhere in the struggle to keep our city and country keeping our promises,” 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 with Rose place an ad In its entirety, he states: “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 has applied, and got discovered last week at locations in Brooklyn where an announcement video was filmed.