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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

GOP Representative Lee Zeldin Attacked During NY Gubernatorial Campaign Event

Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate in New York’s gubernatorial race, was attacked Thursday night during a campaign event in the city of Parinton, southeast of Rochester.

According to News8 WROC, while Zeldin was giving a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a man came onto the stage holding something in his hand.

Spectrum News reporter Nick Reisman obtained a witness video of the moment, which shows a man wearing a hat approaching Zeldin, and grabbing him by the arms when others try to intervene. Zeldin, Suspect and several others are seen falling on stage during the fight.

According to WHEC-TV, members of the audience disarmed and captured the attacker. Monroe County Sheriff’s officers later took the attacker into custody, although charges have yet to be filed.

Joe Chenley, National Executive Director of AMVETS, Told WROC to News 8 that he hugged the suspect to the bear. AMVETS, also known as American Veterans, is a veterans service organization.

The suspect was reportedly an “Iraq War veteran under the influence of alcohol”.

The Metropolitan Republican Club shared a photo that shows the weapon used during the incident.

In a statement condemning the violence, New York Gov. Kathy Hochulu Told He was informed of the attack, and said he was “relieved to hear that Congressman Zeldin was not injured.”

In his own statement, New York State Republican President Nick Langworthy blamed the attack on Hochul, claiming that he “fuelled the fires of hatred by directing his supporters to his rally program.”

Zeldin has supported former President Donald Trump’s false claims of electoral fraud during the 2020 presidential election.

He is currently facing his own charges of electoral fraud after being reported by the Gotham Gazette that he submitted invalid signatures in an attempt to get an extra line on ballots for the general election.

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