Can a Purple Heart Recipient Turn SI Red to Blue?

Max Rose (Photo by Ben Fractenberg via The Forward)

In an interview with The Forward’s Ben Fractenberg, Democratic candidate Max Rose speaks about his Jewish faith and the other factors that influenced him to run for the District 11 Congressional seat – which encompasses Staten Island, where Rose lives, and parts of southern Brooklyn – against incumbent Dan Donovan.

After serving in Afghanistan, Rose returned to Brooklyn in 2014 to work for the late Ken Thompson, the district attorney at the time, before becoming the chief of staff at Brightpoint Health, a health services organization started by the Cuomo family.

Rose calls his Army service and his decision to get into politics part of a mission that is closely entwined to his Jewish faith.

“It’s also this deep commitment to social justice and to fighting for what is right, irrespective if it directly affects you, “ said Rose, 31, who will miss two weeks of campaigning while he does National Guard duty this month. “It’s a core tenet of the Jewish faith. That’s how I’ve lived my entire life.”

A Brooklyn native, Rose is part of a new crop of Jewish Democrats who are veterans, like Elaine Luria of Virginia and Jason Kander of Missouri. He’s a different kind of Jewish candidate, and a bit of a maverick, but he’s just the type the party is looking for as it tries to create a “Blue wave” that could flip the House in November.

Does the political newcomer have a chance in the only Republican-held Congressional district in NYC? Find out at The Forward. And also learn how “in a way, Rose’s congressional campaign started when his truck was bombed in Afghanistan.”

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