According to the New York Post, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced on Thursday that, assuming current trends remain consistent, the city could finally begin the first part of a slow and phased reopening process at some point in the first half of June. But to one rogue Democrat congressman, that’s too little, too late.
U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) broke with his party in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Friday, blasting Mayor de Blasio’s “elitist” attitude and lamenting the severe economic damage being done to small business owners by the prolonged coronavirus-related lockdowns, the Daily Caller reported.
A “sense of urgency”
Rose, a relatively moderate Democrat in comparison to most of his colleagues in the House, represents a district on the southern side of New York City that includes Staten Island — and according to the Daily Caller, he has had just about enough of the continued lockdown measures.
The congressman joined Fox’s Cavuto on Friday to discuss de Blasio’s announcement from the day before, and he wasted no time going after the mayor.
“His comments at this point are coming across as if he is an elitist dilettante that does not understand the struggles of our small business owners,” Rose said of de Blasio, according to the Daily Caller.
He went on: “You know, we can do this responsibly, but we have to have that sense of urgency.”
The congressman also stressed that small business owners have “dedicated their lives” to building up their business and that their work isn’t “nine to five — it’s their entire life. And they are watching their small businesses wither on the vine,” he remarked, according to the Daily Caller.
“Better off” without him
Cavuto, for his part, noted that as the mayor continues to drag his feet in terms of reopening things, some New Yorkers may “feel tempted” to go ahead and open up anyway without permission from the city government, as the Daily Caller reported.
In response, Rose said he wouldn’t “advocate for anyone to break the law or go against the mayor’s guidance,” but remarked that de Blasio’s “tone-deaf” leadership style has been “pitiful, and this city will be better off when he’s no longer the mayor.”
“This is an enormous disappointment, and our businesses are going to suffer,” the congressman added, according to the Daily Caller.
But as new infections slow across the nation, Americans are getting antsy. As Rose and Cavuto suggested Friday, at some point, people are going to say enough is enough.