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Former congressman Max Rose listed as Pentagon COVID adviser

(JTA) – Max Rose, the outspoken Staten Island Jewish congressman defeated in his bid for reelection, appears headed to the Pentagon to be a top adviser on the coronavirus pandemic. Rose appeared on a long list of likely Biden administration political appointees leaked on Tuesday, Jan. 19 to Defense One, which covers the Pentagon. His title would be special assistant to the secretary of Defense (senior adviser, COVID). It does not appear to require Senate confirmation, so Rose would be ready to start immediately. Defense One said the list may not be final.

Rose, a moderate Democrat who became well known for his blunt and sometimes profane rhetoric, is an Army veteran. He suspended campaigning for a period last summer to deploy with the National Guard to assist with coronavirus response in New York City. In 2018, he won a freshman term in Congress in a district that usually leans Republican, but lost in November.

Main Photo: Max Rose’s appointment does not appear to require Senate confirmation, so the New Yorker would be ready to start immediately. (Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

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