As Army veteran Max Rose (D) "made his way around a gathering of veterans at a high school auditorium in one of Staten Island’s most conservative neighborhoods Oct. 28, he didn't mention his opponent," Rep. Dan Donovan (R). "He didn’t mention the president, Donald Trump, either. Instead, he shook hands, promised a new bipartisan future if he’s elected to Congress Nov. 6, and doubled down on their shared service."
"The key to winning for Rose won’t be his ability to motivate the liberal Democratic base, as it might be in other districts. Instead, he’s got to win over the independent voters who helped make Staten Island the one New York City borough to vote for Trump in 2016. ... So during 15 months of campaigning, Rose has run a hyper-local race, avoiding unnecessary criticism of Trump for the most part and instead focusing his barbs on the 'political class' that he says Donovan ... belongs to." (Politico)