One of the most hotly contested House races in the country seems more like a street fight than a campaign.
It's being duked out on Staten Island and in a small sliver of south Brooklyn, where freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose and GOP state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis are fighting for control of New York City's lone swing congressional district.
Neal Kwatra, a Democratic strategist in New York, said Rose "smartly" played up anti-de Blasio sentiment, building "a very identifiable anti de Blasio brand as a part of who he is, which is a huge asset in a district like that, frankly."
Kwatra said Rose is rivaled only by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., among young, up-and-coming New York politicians, adding that Rose reminded him a lot of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
"He's very visceral and, frankly, New Yorkers, especially in their politicians, they appreciate that," Kwatra said.
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