New York representative Max Rose (D.) blasted Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke in an interview released Friday, saying, "I don't think Beto is cool, and I don't think losing is cool."
"Losing is not as cool as he thinks it is," Rose told New York magazine. "When you win you get to help people, and when you lose you get to be a social-media rock star."
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"I want the Democratic Party to be the party of Kyrsten Sinema and not the party of Beto O'Rourke," Rose added, pointing out that losing means the Democratic Party cannot accomplish its policy goals.
Sinema (D., Ariz.) won her Senate seat in 2018, replacing retiring Republican senator Jeff Flake. She is currently facing a potential censure vote from the Arizona Democratic Party for voting to confirm some of President Donald Trump's nominees and opposing Democratic attempts to reinstate net neutrality rules.
Rose recently announced his support for the impeachment inquiry against Trump. His support is noteworthy because Rose represents Staten Island, which Trump won in 2016. Rose had previously written an op-ed arguing against the impeachment inquiry.
"The truth is impeachment will only tear our country further apart and we will see no progress on the enormous challenges we face as a nation," he wrote. "Impeachment will not improve the lives of the hardworking Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites that I fight for every day."
Rose has not held back criticism of the Democratic Party's leftward lurch. In an interview with Vanity Fair, he blasted his colleagues for announcing their support for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.
"You can't sign on to that and then say that you are against parts of it," he said. "Try to present that to folks that are here or anyone that we met today. You know? They will see right through you. That is why people hate the Democrats."