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Former New York congressman Max Rose listed as new Pentagon COVID adviser

Jewish politician from Staten Island marked as appointee for Biden administration in leaked document

Max Rose poses for a portrait outside his office in Staten Island, New York, October 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Max Rose poses for a portrait outside his office in Staten Island, New York, October 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

JTA — Max Rose, the outspoken former congressmen from Staten Island, appears headed to the Pentagon to be a top adviser on the coronavirus pandemic.

Rose, who is Jewish, appeared on a long list of likely Biden administration political appointees leaked on Tuesday 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 a US 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.

Also named on the list is Dana Stroul, as “deputy assistant secretary of defense (Middle East).”

Stroul is currently a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank with close ties to the Israeli and American security establishments.

Stroul, who is Jewish, has worked in Congress and for the Obama administration on Middle East issues. She worked for Senator Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, when he was the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. Cardin at the time, in 2015, was one of a handful of Democrats in the Senate who opposed the Iran nuclear deal.

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