With a district deeply divided over issues of race and policing, the U.S. Army combat veteran had to walk a tight line while in office. His opponent, Republican State Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis, was able to capitalize on significant Trump turnout numbers and convince voters that Rose was not supportive enough of law enforcement.
What’s next: Rose’s campaign will likely tack most closely to other more moderate Democracts already in the race, such as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and former Wall Street executive Ray McGuire. And voters will have their pick of several other candidates farther to the left, including Comptroller Scott Stringer, former MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley, former Obama and Bloomberg official Shaun Donovan, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, former nonprofit executive Dianne Morales, Loree Sutton, former commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca.
Rose did not immediately comment.