Gubernatorial candidate Rep. Zeldin assaulted Thursday night during event in Rochester

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Congressman Lee Zeldin was assaulted by a man Thursday night during an event in Rochester.

News 12 Staff

Jul 22, 2022, 9:27 AM

Updated 676 days ago


Lee Zeldin was attacked Thursday night while giving a speech at a campaign event upstate.
Zeldin was giving a speech when a man climbed onstage and appeared to begin wrestling with the congressman, said Katie Vincentz, a spokesperson for Zeldin's campaign.
Zeldin's campaign said the attacker was taken into custody.
The congressman, who was not injured, then continued his speech.
"I have a feeling that if those seven, eight, nine or 10 people didn't instantly jump on him the way that they did, there was probably the next group of seven, eight, nine or 10 who would have done it," says Zeldin.
Police have identified the suspect as David Jakubonis, 43, of Fairport, New York. Jakubonis has been charged with attempted assault and was released on his own recognizance.
Zeldin is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul this November.

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