A former Democratic congressman from New York who is running again for a seat in a swing district covering Staten Island has come out against President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
Max Rose, who was ousted from his seat in 2020, said that the New York Post got a raw deal when it first reported on various scandalous materials discovered on the hard drive of a laptop computer Hunter Biden reportedly abandoned at a repair shop in Delaware.
He also cited the presidential son for shady business dealings in Ukraine and elsewhere that Republicans agree are a national security risk now that his father is president.
“There is no doubt in my mind that what Hunter Biden did was wrong, being on the [Ukrainian energy company] Burisma board and engaging in whatever else he dealt with,” Rose told The Post during a newsroom interview.
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The former Army officer said the The Post — which first and accurately reported on the existence of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop in October 2020 — got a “raw deal” from social media companies who repudiated the story without merit, called it Russian propaganda and censored the paper.
Hunter Biden currently remains under a broad federal tax investigation and Republicans have vowed to probe further should they retake the House in the November midterm elections.
Rose — a former Congressman who is mounting a comeback in his old Staten Island district against incumbent GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis — said he is undaunted by the steep odds he faces.
Dave Wasserman of the non-partisan Cook Political Report has said there is “no longer a viable path” for him to win, after a court-appointed special master threw out a Democratic gerrymander and made the district considerably more conservative.
“Dave Wasserman, Nate Silver — all these guys are jokes. They sit in their pajamas and prognostic all day on Twitter. If they were really so good at predicting they would be making money in the stock market,” Rose said, dismissing their forecasts.
Should he win, however, Rose says he won’t back Nancy Pelosi to be House Speaker if Democrats retain control of the House and said he is open to GOP proposals for “hardening” schools with more armed security.
Rose also said he would back ramping up domestic oil and gas production to relieve historically high prices. And he backs adding money to support police and the U.S. military.
“I would give [President Biden] a B-,” Rose said while ripping the commander-in-chief over the disastrous exit from Afghanistan, where Rose served.
“There’s no doubt that the actual execution of the withdrawal was tragic in nature. It was difficult to see,” he said.