New York Gubernatorial Candidate Lee Zeldin Predicted Assailants Release

Gage Skidmore

On Thursday, New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin was attacked by an audience member during a campaign stop in Perinton, New York.

Zeldin was uninjured, returned to the stage, and finished his speech. The Republican candidate tweeted about the incident after the attack.

Gov. Kathy Houchol tweeted her concerns for her challenger. She expressed relief that the New York Congressman was not injured. She condemned the crime, noting it had “no place in New York.”

The suspect, David G. Jakubonis, 43, of Fairport, N.Y., was charged with attempted assault in the second degree and arraigned in Perinton Town Court. However, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department reports indicate his release on his recognizance.

Zeldin had predicted the alleged attacker would get released due to New York’s soft-on-crime laws.

Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy duly noted New York was “just the place” for such actions because of poor bail laws.

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Twitter users tweeted their shock that Jakubonis was released.

Zeldin was speaking at the Veteran’s of Foreign War post event discussing bail reform when the man accessed the stage and wrestled with Zeldin before producing a weapon. AMVETS director Joe Chenelley jumped into action, tackled the intruder, taking him down. Lieutenant Governor nominee Alison Esposito allegedly punched the attacker in the face.