“Did I work across the hall to get things done? Absolutely, ”he said, focusing on those“ who need action today ”. “If you have a problem with that, sue me. You know what? You have 30 other candidates to choose from.”
Mr. Rose, who was the first member of Congress to endorse former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s offer of presidency, appeared to be already recalibrating his message. In the interview he did not say whether he would want Mr Bloomberg’s approval; he highlighted his previous criticism of the stop-and-frisk police tactic; and, when asked to name the best mayor of his life, suggested David N. Dinkins.
Running from the center, however, may resonate with some New Yorkers, alarmed by a surge in gunfights. Worried about company leaving and just being less ideological given the struggles in the city these days. But Mr Rose would also have competition for those voters: Raymond J. McGuire, a longtime Wall Street executive, has the support of many centrist business leaders, a sign of how competitive any trace of elementary school will be. (Mr. Israel, a relatively moderate man who does not live in the city but wants to contribute financially, also supports Mr. McGuire.)
Then there is the question of identity.
This year, many New Yorkers would like a mayor for colors, as problems with police brutality and racism have torn the fabric of the city and color communities are disproportionately affected by the virus and its consequences. There are already a number of candidates, including Mr. Adams; Mr. McGuire; Maya D. Wiley, a former top lawyer for Mr. de Blasio; and Dianne Morales, a former leader of nonprofit social service groups.
“I think someone with color is best suited for this moment,” said Leah D. Daughtry, a veteran Democrat strategist with close ties to New York City politics. When asked about Mr. Rose, she said, “I don’t know him.”
Mr. Rose who dedicated his Talk on the top floor Grappling with racial injustice in part in Congress said it should be “No. 1 responsibility” he should run to build a diverse campaign and potential administration. But he knows he needs to introduce himself.
He recently met with Rev. Al Sharpton, a prominent civil rights activist who described Mr Rose as hardworking and “fiery” and said Mr Rose would “add some excitement to the campaign”.
But even as he went forward, Mr. Rose said that he “wanted to listen far more than talk”.