But this year, Congressman Max Rose of south Brooklyn is locked in a bitter battle with Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who you might remember as the Republican challenger to Mayor Bill de Blasio in the 2017.
Rose won his seat from incumbent Dan Donovan in 2018, a Republican. The district has a history of voting red, so even though there is a strong anti-Trump sentiment in New York City that you would think would help Rose, that’s not necessarily the case in this race.
So Rose has been on the offensive. In fact, the morning after Malliotakis won the primary to secure the Republican line on the ballot, the Rose campaign sent an email with the not-so-subtle subject head “Max Rose Welcomes Fraud Nicole Malliotakis to NY-11 General Election.”
And Rose was again on the offensive last week, this time releasing a short video attacking...the mayor? In one 15-second ad, Rose looks directly at the camera and says “Mayor Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City.”
After a few minutes of silence, the screen fades to black, and Rose can be heard chuckling and saying, “That’s it guys. Seriously. That’s the whole ad.”
We guess Rose, a Democrat, wants to distance himself from the Democratic mayor, who has been under a lot of fire ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, from his initial response to the crisis to his unwillingness to allow indoor dining to his handling of the reopening of schools, to name just a few issues he has faced.
Rose apparently was watching the playbook of former Sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, who didn’t burn some bridges during her exit from City Hall, she blew them up.
With many speculating that her resignation from the de Blasio administration is a lead up to her own bid for mayor in 2021, Garcia trashed Hizzoner for budget cuts to the Department of Sanitation, a surprising move because Garcia appeared to be one of de Blasio’s most trusted advisors.
At the height of the pandemic, de Blasio appointed her “food czar” to turn around the city’s struggling meal delivery program, and when it looked like the federal government was going to take over NYCHA, de Blasio tasked Garcia with stabilizing the agency, as well as coordinating the city’s cleanup of lead paint in public housing.
And Comptroller Scott Stringer made it official last week that he would undertake another run for mayor. Stringer ran for the post in 2013 when de Blasio was first elected.
If fundraising were the sole indication of who would win an election, then Stringer and Borough President Eric Adams, who has been hinting at a mayoral run nearly since the day he won his last election for Brooklyn borough president, would be the easy winner. Both have over $2 million in their campaign war chest, far ahead of any of the other candidates.
A number of other people have actually filed official mayoral campaigns with the Campaign Finance Board, 15 to be exact, and that doesn’t include any of the people we have already mentioned, or Shaun Donovan, the former commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development.
Some other notable names who are considering a run for the office include Loree Sutton, commissioner of the Department of Veterans’ Services, and Maya Wiley, the former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio and former chairwoman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been mentioned as a possible long-shot candidate, as has speaker Corey Johnson, although it looks like his campaign is starting to lose steam, many believe because of the hit the coronavirus pandemic has taken on the city’s finances and this year’s budget battles.
And we guess we would be remiss if we didn’t at least mention Curtis Sliwa, who has started sending out press releases referring to himself as “GOP Mayoral Candidate.” We are doubtful this is anything more than Sliwa seizing the opportunity to take some cheap shots at the mayor to get his name in the press, and are dubious he is actually considering mounting a serious challenge in 2021.
We seem to remember in 2016 that Sliwa was a “serious” candidate for Queens borough president, which in the end was nothing more than a chance to take a personal attack on Melinda Katz. At the time, Sliwa didn’t even live in Queens.
We’ll see if Sliwa is still serious about running next summer.