N.Y. Gubernatorial Candidate Lee Zeldin Attacked During Campaign Stop, Attacker Released in Hours

Nick Kangadis | July 22, 2022
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There’s no clear word on motive, as of this writing, but the Republican candidate for New York governor Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) had a man attempt to — from all appearances — stab him in the neck during a campaign stop in Monroe County.

Zeldin was able to stop the man’s attempt for a few seconds before others jumped in and subdued the attacker.

Video shows the man wearing an “Iraqi Freedom Veteran” hat walking up to Zeldin and reportedly saying “you’re done” before making the attempt on the candidate, who is also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.


After the situation was handled and the man was arrested, Zeldin went on with his campaign speech. Later in the evening, he tweeted out thanks to “everyone who reached out” after hearing news of the attack.

A couple hours later, Zeldin sent out another tweet with a picture of the attempt with a prediction that the attacker “will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.”

And Zeldin was correct.

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As the New York Post reported, the man was “arraigned overnight in Perinton Town Court on a count of second-degree attempted assault stemming from the attack on Rep. Zeldin but was quickly released on his own recognizance.”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), Zeldin’s opponent this fall, tweeted about being informed of the incident and condemning “this violent behavior in the strongest terms possible.”



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