One of the most closely watched local congressional elections is shaping up for November.
District 11 includes all of Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn. The district is historically more conservative than the rest of the city, and is considered a swing seat.
First-term Democratic Congressman Max Rose is up for re-election. He'll now likely face a challenge from Republican State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
Combatting some of Rose’s earlier remarks against her, Malliotakis said, “He’s the one that is not only a fraud, he’s a liar and a hypocrite.”
“I have a stellar record as a state legislator in serving my community,” she said in defense.
Malliotakis is leading the Republican primary against Joseph Caldarera with more than 70% of the in-person vote. While absentee ballots need to be counted, Malliotakis currently leads by a margin of more than 7,500 votes.
Assemblywoman Malliotakis joined Mornings On 1 via Skype.
In response to Malliotakis' interview, Rose issued a statement that called Malliotakis "a fraud who represents everything we hate about politics.”
“She has been on every side of every issue and took a $30,000 taxpayer funded raise despite passing zero laws of substance in her 10 years in Albany. Staten Islanders and Brooklynites want someone who is honest and gets things done--she's neither," the statement goes on to say.