Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) was attacked by a man with a sharp weapon at a campaign event Thursday evening at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Perinton, New York.
According to witnesses, Zeldin, who is the Republican candidate for governor in the state, was speaking on bail reform when the alleged attacker jumped on stage and started yelling, WIVB4 reported. The suspect was then wrestled with before pulling out a blade. Zeldin was reportedly unharmed and finished his speech after the suspect was taken away.
A photo of the weapon the alleged attacker pulled out on stage showed what appeared to be a small blade with grips.
Shortly after the attack, video surfaced showing a man jumping on stage and walking up to the Republican congressman. He then put his fist up to Zeldin’s face and grabbed his arm. According to reports, AMVETS National Director Joe Chenelly quickly came to Zeldin’s aid and took the the alleged attacker to the ground, and the suspect brought Zeldin to the ground on top of him. The gubernatorial candidate was quickly helped up as the suspect was detained.