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De Blasio emerges as wedge issue in 11th hour of Rose-Malliotakis race

Mayor Bill de Blasio is rising as a controversial marketing campaign issue in the 11th hour of the fiercely contested race between first-term Democratic Rep. Max Rose and rival Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

In weekend textual content messages and handouts to voters, the Malliotakis marketing campaign and the New York State Republican Party informed voters that de Blasio “endorsed” Rose.

De Blasio has not endorsed Rose.

But the liberal mayor did say he typically “supports” Democrats when requested in regards to the Rose-Malliotakis race in the 11th congressional district on NY1 final month.

Asked if he had made an endorsement in the race, de Blasio stated, “I have not. You know, I support Democrats though.”

Malliotakis and her allies have pounced on de Blasio’s assertion to say he backs Rose’s re-election.

De Blasio is unpopular in the 11th CD that encompasses Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. Malliotakis, who was the GOP candidate for mayor in 2017, captured 70 p.c of the vote on the island despite the fact that de Blasio simply received re-election citywide.

Rose on Sunday rejected a de Blasio endorsement as political poison.

Rose really produced an online advert calling de Blasio the worst mayor ever, and  accused Malliotakis and the GOP of a smear by making an attempt to tie him to Hizzoner.

“It’s a series of distractions. If the Mayor even tried to endorse me, I’d put the endorsement in the middle of the street, I’d get in a truck, and I’d drive over the endorsement,” Rose stated in a NY1 interview, which he tweeted.

“And then I’d get in reverse and drive over it again to make sure that endorsement did not survive.”

The Malliotakis marketing campaign textual content message claimed de Blasio “endorsed” Rose as a result of the congressman “joined” the mayor to “defund” the police and finish money bail for a lot of prison defendants — each of which aren’t true. The marketing campaign hand-out stated “liberal” Rose “was endorsed” by de Blasio and urged constituents to vote “no” on Rose and de Blasio’s agenda.

Malliotakis marketing campaign spokesman Rob Ryan defended the tactic of lumping Rose with de Blasio.

Rose opposes defunding the police. But Ryan famous the congressman participated in a Black Lives Matter/anti-police brutality protest on Staten Island –following outrage over the dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis — the place some marchers held up indicators calling for reducing funding to the NYPD.

“Max Rose and Bill de Blasio are liberal Democrats joined at the hip,” Ryan stated.

“I know one thing for sure — Bill de Blasio is not endorsing Nicole Malliotakis.”

Said Rose marketing campaign spokesman Jonas Edwards-Jenks, “The desperate Malliotakis campaign is closing the race with lies.”

Both campaigns and their Super PAC allies have bludgeoned one another with tens of millions of {dollars} in assault adverts. Rose has known as Malliotakis a “fraud” and the assemblywoman has referred to the congressman as a “radical liberal” clone of de Blasio.

A latest NBC 4 New York/Marist College ballot discovered that the race is a digital lifeless warmth.


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