One of the most competitive house races in the country appears to be more of a street fight than a campaign.
It takes place on Staten Island and in a small part of South Brooklyn, where new Democratic MP Max Rose and GOP MP Nicole Malliotakis battle for control of the lonely congressional district of New York City.
The advertising wars – with persistent talk and the occasional F-bombs – are remarkable for the level of vitriol and malice on both sides.
“Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City – that̵
Hostility towards New York’s progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was briefly running for president, has been at the center of the district – home to large numbers of first responders, as well as police and law enforcement agencies, who largely voted against de Blasio in 2017.
“Bill de Blasio’s failed leadership drove New York City down the drain,” Rose said in an interview with NBC News, criticizing the mayor’s handling of the pandemic before criticizing Republicans for opposing robust pandemic aid to state and debated local governments.
Rose, 33, who was elected in 2018 and is only the second Democrat to represent the district in the past 30 years, is a veteran who has served in Afghanistan. Malliotakis, the only Republican to represent New York City, has served in state law since 2010. While she slightly lost her 2017 offer to depose de Blasio, she won around 70 percent of the vote in New York’s 11th congressional district.
The Cook Political Report rates the house race as one of 25 national clashes, but there was no independent public poll.
Millions of dollars have gone into the fight. According to the Federal Election Commission, Rose raised around $ 6 million by the end of June, while Malliotakis raised around $ 3 million by September.
As of Monday, the candidates and groups they supported had spent more than $ 9 million on television and radio advertising in the district, with about 75 percent of that spending on Rose, according to Advertising Analytics.
Many of these displays have a distinct outskirts. Malliotakis and groups who support their Rose brand as being “radically liberal” and “a bloody liar” who supports police de-funding (Rose said he doesn’t).
Rose and groups that support the democratic Malliotak label are a lying “scam” and have even started a petition to be named global ambassador for flip-flops. In an interview with NBC News, she called the ads “disgusting and dishonest”.
Rose has tried to promote his independence, even saying in an ad that he “stood with President Trump when Democrats attacked him for killing an Iranian terrorist”.
“Because if you kill American soldiers, we will kill you,” he said.
The swing district was supported by then President Barack Obama in 2012 and by Trump in 2016. Two years later, Rose beat GOP incumbent Dan Donovan by about 6 points.
“Just like in 2018, we are talking about how we can drain the swamp and put the government back on the side of the working people,” said Rose. “This time the only difference is that we have now achieved results as a member of Congress.”
Rose said Trump’s performance in the district on Nov. 3 has “zero relation” to how he will hold up against Malliotakis, whom he described as a “stamp” for Republicans.
“This is not a Trump district any more than it is a Rose district,” he said. “What it is, it’s a patriotic neighborhood that the BS is fed up with.”
Malliotakis, who was approved by Trump in her 2020 race, had said in 2017 that she regretted voting for him – which she said out of frustration at being asked repeatedly for her vote. She said she felt different now, adding that “he hadn’t even sworn in most of his cabinet at the time”.
“The president has done a great job on behalf of our veteran community,” she said. “He had created millions of jobs, brought our unemployment to record levels for minorities and women across the board. He also renegotiated trade deals that our country benefits from like the USMCA. Of course I support the president. We are a ticket, he supports me and I support him too. “
Meanwhile, Mayor’s office has pushed back Rose’s characterization of de Blasio as the worst in New York history, pointing out an incumbent who supported the Confederation.
“Max Rose is trying to turn Republicans into Trump Republicans,” Rebecca Katz, a progressive strategist and former advisor to de Blasio, told NBC News. “It’s awful to see, but that’s his game.”
Republicans called Rose’s anti-de-Blasio efforts desperate.
Jessica Proud, a New York GOP strategist, said the ad was the result of Rose being “caught between a rock and a tough place on many issues, particularly criminal justice matters.”
Malliotakis, backed by a dozen law enforcement agencies, said a vote for Rose is a vote to keep Democrats control of the house and that “as much as Max is trying to distance himself from Mayor de Blasio, it clear is that he supports. ” many of the same guidelines. “
Neal Kwatra, a Democratic strategist in New York, said Rose “cleverly” played on the anti-de-Blasio sentiment and “built a very identifiable anti-de-Blasio brand as part of who he is, what in you such district is a big advantage frankly. “
Kwatra said Rose is only rivaling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. among young, up-and-coming New York politicians, adding that Rose reminded him very much of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
“He’s very visceral and frankly, New Yorkers, especially in their politicians, appreciate that,” said Kwatra.
This month Rose read mentions on his Twitter account, including from a user named Andrew who said, “Max Rose is rubbish though.”
“F – you, Andrew,” answered Rose.