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Armed Man Goes for Rep. Lee Zeldin, But a Moment Later Lawmaker Frustrates His Plan with One Move

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A Republican congressman and gubernatorial candidate might have saved his own life Thursday.

Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York was attacked by a man with a weapon during a campaign appearance in the Rochester suburb of Fairport.

Videos showed the man walking on stage and appearing to place something close to Zeldin’s neck.

“You’re done. You’re done,” he said to the congressman.

Zeldin quickly grabbed the man’s wrist, and he and others wrestled the attacker to the ground.

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Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies proceeded to take the man into custody.

Charges were yet to be filed against the arrestee as of early Friday morning, according to WHEC-TV in Rochester.

The outlet reported the man has been identified as David Jackbonis, 43.

Zeldin indicated that he acted quickly to stop the man before he could deliver a serious blow with a stabbing weapon.

“Someone tried to stab me on stage during this evening’s rally, but fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him,” he said on Twitter.

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Zeldin went on to criticize New York’s bail reform laws, predicting the man who attacked him would be released from jail quickly.

The attacker is an Iraq war veteran who was under the influence of alcohol, WROC-TV in Rochester reported.

Zeldin’s Democratic opponent in the November election, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, condemned the attack.

Zeldin is running for New York governor in a year where some Republicans expect the GOP candidate to compete in the reliably Democratic state.

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