The race to be New York City’s next mayor just lost one participant.
Former Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) announced that he has dropped out of the running to be Mayor Bill de Blasio’s successor, Politico reported.
The former representative and Army veteran released a statement on Sunday saying that “after serious consideration, I will not be running for Mayor of New York this year.”
Rose did not go into detail about why he is withdrawing, although in its report, Politico suggested that Rose dropped out because his chances of winning are too slim.
According to Politico, there are two reasons for this. One is that Rose’s voting base — which mainly consists of residents from southern Brooklyn and Staten Island — is simply not influential enough.
The other is that Rose’s positions are too moderate to gain widespread support in New York City.
Whatever the case may be, Rose is moving on from the mayoral race — but not from politics.
Although it has been a tough year for Rose, having lost his re-election bid for Congress and now having dropped out of the New York City mayoral race, it appears the Democrat isn’t giving up on politics.
“While I won’t be a candidate for Mayor this cycle, I am not going anywhere in the fight to make our city and country live up to their promise,” Rose said in his statement, according to the New York Post.
The former congressman implored the remaining mayoral candidates to run campaigns of inclusion. “I urge every candidate to recognize that across the five boroughs no one believes that City Hall is on the side of the working class,” Rose said. “People are scared and unsure if the New York they love will still exist in the years to come. The next mayor can’t just balance the budget, he or she must build a social contract that leaves no one behind.”
He added: “New York City can set the governing example for the rest of the world.”
Despite Rose’s dropout, the race to be New York City’s next mayor still has dozens of candidates, including attorney Maya Wiley, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Politico reports.