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Rep. Lee Zeldin of the GOP Goes on With His Campaign for Governor of New York Despite the Assault

Following an attack that took place during a campaign event on Thursday evening in the state, a spokeswoman for US Representative Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor of New York, stated that Zeldin is “safe.”

Following the attack that took place tonight, spokesperson Katie Vincentz tweeted on Thursday that all members of Team Zeldin were unharmed. This included Congressman Zeldin and Alison Esposito.

According to a statement released by Zeldin’s campaign, a guy climbed onto the stage while he was giving a speech in the town of Fairport, New York, “and attempted to knife” Zeldin. According to the statement, the politician representing the Republican Party “grabbed the assailant’s wrist to halt him until many others aided in pulling the attacker down to the ground.”

According to information provided by Zeldin’s campaign, the congressman made his way back to the podium to complete his speech after the suspected offender was brought into the prison.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, David G. Jakubonis, who is 43 years old and lives in Fairport, New York, has been charged with attempted assault in the second degree.

In the municipal court, he was given his initial appearance and then freed on his own recognisance. It was not immediately known whether he had retained legal representation.

On Thursday evening, Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul, who will compete against Zeldin for the governor’s office in November, tweeted that she was “relieved to hear” that he had not sustained any injuries as a result of the event.

“The incident that occurred at Lee Zeldin’s campaign event tonight has been brought to my attention by my staff. The news that Congressman Zeldin did not sustain any injuries and that the suspect has been taken into jail came as a welcome relief.

Hochul wrote, “I condemn this aggressive behaviour in the harshest terms conceivable; it has absolutely no place in New York.”


In the previous year, Zeldin made public his intention to run for governor by tweeting the following: “the light that was once a beacon of what America maybe has gone black.” The previous month, he secured the nomination for the Republican party in the contest.

During the time that former President Donald Trump was in office, Zeldin was a strong advocate for him, even going so far as to defend him in public during the second trial of his impeachment.

In addition to this, he supported Trump’s unfounded allegations that widespread fraud would occur in the 2020 election, and he voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

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After having served for a total of eight years in the New York State Senate, Zeldin won his first election to the United States Congress in 2014.

Hochul, on the other hand, prevailed over her progressive primary opponent Jumaane Williams, who was also her opponent in 2018 primary for lieutenant governor. Williams is the public advocate for the city of New York.

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