Bloomberg gets first congressional endorsement

Bloomberg gets first congressional endorsement
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Moderate Rep. Max RoseMax RoseVulnerable Democrats fret over surging Sanders Rose, former FBI agent pen op-ed about the danger of global white nationalism: 'Terrorism is terrorism' MLB, Congress play hardball in fight over minor leagues MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday became the first House member to endorse former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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 GiulianiHouse panel says key witness isn't cooperating in probe into Yovanovitch surveillance Pennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn 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 TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE over 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: High stakes at last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday MORE.

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