New York Rep. Max RoseMax RoseMax Rose preparing for rematch with Nicole Malliotakis: report 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Overnight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage MORE castigated Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Hochul gets early boost as NY gubernatorial race takes shape Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Boosters take a big step forward MORE, a fellow Democrat, as the worst mayor in New York City history in a seconds-long ad released Wednesday.
"Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City," the Staten Island Democrat says in the 15-second spot.
"That's it, guys," he adds after a brief pause. "That’s the whole ad."
A spokesman for de Blasio fired back on Twitter, questioning whether Rose "prefers Fernando Wood," a reference to the city's 1850s-era mayor who wished for the state to secede during the Civil War.
Rose was one of several Democrats in 2018 to flip a GOP-held seat, defeating former Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) by seven points. He is running for reelection this year against State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
The district is historically the most electorally conservative in New York City. The Cook Political Report rates it as a toss-up in the 2020 election.
Rose has targeted the mayor before for criticism, accusing him of “actively trying to kill” the city’s restaurant industry by banning indoor dining.
The first-term congressman told Fox News that the city’s restaurants “are on life support,” adding, "Come the fall when the temperature starts to go down, if this is not fixed, you will see the majority of our restaurants go out of business."
"This is as serious and as personal as it gets. When you open a restaurant, it’s not a 9-to-5. That’s your life, and your workers are your family," Rose said. "You’ve invested everything you have in that. And now what we have in New York City with this mayor is he’s actively trying to kill them."