NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York Knicks owner James Dolan is seeking to kick Rep. Max Rose, who represents part of Brooklyn and Staten Island, out of office by donating thousands of dollars to prop up his GOP challenger after Rose trash-talked Dolan in a recent interview.
Dolan, via MSG Sports, last week donated $50,000 to "The Governing Majority Fund,” a PAC run by former Reps. John Faso and Jeff Denham, Dolan confirmed to The New York Post. The PAC’s goal is to have the GOP retake the House of Representatives -- so that includes propping up Rose's opponent Nicole Malliotakis.
Dolan is also encouraging his friends to follow suit.
"Max Rose thinks he can make our team and my ownership his political platform," Dolan wrote in an email to friends, obtained by the Post. “I need to let him know that we will not stand for this. The best way to do this is to help his opponent. He is in a tight race for the US Congress in Staten Island. … Please join me in helping Nicole defeat Max Rose for Congress."
Dolan added, "It will help send a strong message to all NY politicians that the Knicks will not be their political ticket to reelection. The most you can donate is $2,800. I cannot do this alone due to the limit on campaign contributions."
The feud kicked off earlier this month when Rose said Dolan told TMZ Sports that Dolan is "driving the team into the ground."
"I’m a Knicks fan to the day I die, but Dolan’s gotta sell," Rose said. "Right now, this is an absolute disgrace. They don’t make the playoffs. Nothing’s happening. Every year that they don’t make the playoffs, New York City loses out. We lose a piece of our soul. Sell tomorrow. Sell today. Do it for the good of all of us, brother!"