Know Your Candidates: Max Rose
Democrat Max Rose is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to run for a seat in Congress.
Rose, a U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, has said that his military experience is one of the reasons he is making his first run for public office.
Rose earned his Purple Heart in 2013 after surviving a blast set off by an improvised explosive device while serving in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The explosion knocked him unconscious. A general informed him that he survived his serious head wounds partly because Congress had appropriated funding to reinforce military vehicles like the one Rose was riding in at the time of the attack.
Rose, who is currently a member of the National Guard, had to take time off the campaign trail this summer to fulfill his National Guard duties.
Rose lives on Staten Island with his wife Leigh, but he has Brooklyn roots. He is a 2004 graduate of Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heights, and he was processed at the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Bay Ridge when he enlisted in the military.
He is the former chief of staff for Brightpoint Health, a non-profit healthcare organization that offers substance abuse treatment programs. Brightpoint also sponsors a health clinic and operates food pantries.
Prior to his work at Brightpoint Health, Rose was the director of public engagement in the office of the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.
On the campaign trail, he has vowed to preserve the Fort Hamilton Army Base, work to improve the Affordable Care Act, and combat the opioid crisis hitting the nation.
Rose said he is not a fan of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and said he would not vote for her to become Speaker of the House should the Democrats win the majority of seats in that legislative chamber on Nov. 6. – Paula Katinas
Leave a Comment
Leave a Comment