New York Democrat pens op-ed on why he opposes impeaching Trump

New York Democrat pens op-ed on why he opposes impeaching Trump
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New York Democratic Rep. Max RoseMax RoseHillicon Valley: Critics press feds to block Google, Fitbit deal | Twitter takes down Hamas, Hezbollah-linked accounts | TikTok looks to join online anti-terrorism effort | Apple pledges .5B to affordable housing Twitter takes down Hamas, Hezbollah-affiliated accounts after lawmaker pressure FBI chief says racist extremists fueling one another, making connections overseas MORE wrote an op-ed this week pushing back on efforts to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpKrystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment DC bars to open early for impeachment mania Trump Organization to pay Scotland 0K in legal fees over wind farm fight: report MORE, warning it could distract from pursuing other initiatives.

Rose said in the op-ed published in the Staten Island Advance that there is “no doubt that this administration is one of the most corrupt in history” but argued that pursuing a “partisan impeachment process won’t address any of those serious issues.”

“It’s clear as day, the swamp is alive and thriving,” Rose wrote. “The truth is impeachment will only tear our country further apart and we will see no progress on the enormous challenges we face as a nation."

“Impeachment will not fix our roads and bridges or lower the costs of drugs. Impeachment will not keep our kids safe from gun violence or end the opioid epidemic,” he continued. “Impeachment will not improve the lives of the hardworking Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites that I fight for every day.”

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Rose, who is up for reelection next year in a district Trump won in 2016, added that he fears the Democratic Party will make a mistake by “focusing on impeachment instead of infrastructure, healthcare costs, and putting people to work with livable wages and benefits.”

More than 130 House Democrats are on record endorsing in some form efforts to impeach Trump. But Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats sharpen their message on impeachment Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate Siren song of impeachment lures Democrats toward election doom MORE (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats have resisted that push, citing a lack of support from both the public and GOP lawmakers.

"Legislate, investigate, litigate. That's the path that we've been on, and that's the path we continue to be on," Pelosi said during her weekly press briefing in the Capitol on Thursday.

Rose, who first won election to his seat last year, is running for reelection in a district rated a "toss-up" by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. While former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Top diplomat said request for specific probes in Ukraine was 'contrary' to US policy Feehery: What Republicans must do to adapt to political realignment MORE won the state of New York by double digits in 2016, Trump won Rose’s 11th District by nearly 10 points.

“There’s far too much work left to be done and we are in danger of losing the trust of the American people if we choose partisan warfare over improving the lives of hardworking families,” Rose wrote in his op-ed. “I made a promise to my constituents to focus on making their lives better, and I won’t break it.”