Knifeman tries to STAB NY gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin at Rochester campaign rally

Knifeman tries to STAB NY gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin at Rochester campaign rally 2
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Blade-wielding assailant tries to STAB NY gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin at Rochester campaign rally as GOP lawmaker spoke about bail reform: Group of onlookers jumped on stage to subdue attacker

  • Republican gubernatorial candidate for New York Lee Zeldin was in the midst of a speech at a VFW when he was attacked
  • A man went on stage and told the GOP hopeful: ‘Okay, you’re done’
  • The suspect was quickly subdued by Marine Corps veteran Joe Chenelly
  • Photos from the scene saw authorities recover a sharp pair of brass knuckles 
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New York gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Lee Zeldin was nearly stabbed at a campaign rally in Fairport, New York, a small town just outside of Rochester. 

The Republican was in the midst of a speech about bail reform as part of his ‘United to Fire Hochul’ campaign when he was confronted.

A group of Zeldin supporters subdued the attacker.

The man who took down Zeldin’s would-be assailant was named as AMVETS national director Joe Chenelly, reports Rochester First. 

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The event was taken place at a VFW in Fairport. 

The candidate was not wounded in the incident and returned to the stage after the suspect was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. 

The suspect reportedly said words to the effect of: ‘Okay, you’re done,’ prior to launching his attack, according to WHEC.  

The suspect being taken into custody with his apparent weapon being handed over to authorities

The suspect being taken into custody with his apparent weapon being handed over to authorities

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The suspect seen entering the stage while Zeldin was in the midst of speech. He can be heard saying words to the effect of 'You're done'

The suspect seen entering the stage while Zeldin was in the midst of speech. He can be heard saying words to the effect of ‘You’re done’

Zeldin appears during New York's Republican gubernatorial debate at the studios of Spectrum News NY1 on June 20, 2022, in New York

Zeldin appears during New York’s Republican gubernatorial debate at the studios of Spectrum News NY1 on June 20, 2022, in New York

Zeldin, a staunch ally of ex-President Donald Trump, is the Republican nominee to replace current New York governor Kathy Hochul. 

Since 2015, Zeldin has represented New York’s first district in Congress, representing Long Island’s affluent Hamptons-area. 

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He has been an opponent of New York’s bail reform laws, eliminating cash bail for nonviolent and misdemeanor charges. 

More to follow… 

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