Bloomberg gets first congressional endorsement

Bloomberg gets first congressional endorsement
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Moderate Rep. Max RoseMax RoseUS to label white supremacist group as terrorist organization for first time The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US officials expect 'saddest week,' glimmers of COVID-19 relief Democrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday became the first House member to endorse former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergNew York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance: report DNC books million in fall YouTube ads Former Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs MORE (D) for president.

Rose, an Army veteran who was elected during the Democratic wave in 2018, praised Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor, saying he believes the billionaire businessman has the potential to bridge the partisan divide in politics while highlighting his work following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“The city Mike Bloomberg inherited in 2002 was reeling from the worst terrorist attack in American history and facing economic recession. There were real fears nothing would ever feel or be the same again. Mike Bloomberg took the reins, brought New York City back to life and put us on track to lead in the 21st century,” Rose said in a statement.

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“Mayor Bloomberg’s even-keeled and visionary leadership is what we need to reduce the chaos, partisanship and hyper-vitriol that has overtaken Washington,” he added.

Bloomberg, who succeeded Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump: Tough times but progress being made Giuliani touts experimental coronavirus treatment in private conversations with Trump Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech MORE as mayor of New York in 2002, thanked Rose for his support and praised his work in the House.

"Max Rose understands what public service is all about: working for the people, not a political party, lobbyists, or your own self-interest," Bloomberg said in a statement.

"Max knows that the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn sent him to Congress to get stuff done on critical issues — from tackling the opioid epidemic to ensuring the passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund — and his efforts to work across the aisle are exactly what we need more of in Washington. He's a patriot who served with distinction in the Army, and he continues to serve our country with distinction — and I'm honored to have his endorsement."

Rose represents a district that voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE over 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump, Biden set for tight battle in Florida We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Poll shows Biden with 6-point edge on Trump in Florida MORE.

Rose's endorsement was first reported by The New York Post.