Democratic New York Governor. In a recent campaign advertisement, Kathy Hochul called Republican nominee for the gubernatorial and current Congressman Lee Zeldin “dangerous” as well as a “far right extremist”, just weeks after Zeldin was attacked at an event.
The June ad stated that Zeldin wasn’t “just another Republican”, but was an “extreme candidate”.
Meet Lee Zeldin. Hochul tweeted that Zeldin is dangerous for New York. He might tell you something, but the facts are clear: he’s dangerous for New York .”
Meet Lee Zeldin the far-right extremist the Republicans have just elected to be governor. He is not dangerous, despite what he may try to convince you. pic.twitter.com/Ta4q4xaVwc
— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) June 29, 2022
“He didn’t just cheer the overturning of Roe. The ad states that he voted in favor of abortion bans, even though the mother’s life is at stake. “He says he’d undo our common sense gun laws and voted to override our voices and overturn the 2020 election: because New Yorkers are the last thing Lee Zeldin is fighting for, and he’s too extreme for New York.”
Zeldin was attacked Thursday night during a campaign speech about bail reform in upstate New York. David Jakubonis, an alleged suspect in the attack, attempted to stagger Zeldin while the congressman rallied. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press statement . that the suspect had climbed onto the stage. Jakubonis, who was charged with attempted second-degree assault was released after being arrested. (RELATED: Lee Zeldin’s Life Put On The Line After ‘Dog Whistle’ From Hochul, Daily Caller Reporter Says)
Earlier in the day, Hochul released a press statement that posted the dates and times of Zeldin’s campaign events. Zeldin was accused of spreading “dangerous lies and misinformation” and supporting his far-right agenda HTML1. A Zeldin field director told the Daily Caller the campaign had not made the schedule public. However, a Hochul spokesperson stated that Zeldin’s schedule was shared publicly by a Hochul spokesperson before it went out.
A staffer suggested Hochul’s press release may have been “motivating” the attack. Hochul was reprimanded by the chairman of the Republican Party of the State for inciting “the flames to hate” following the attack.
Hochul used Twitter to denounce the attack on Thursday night.
My team informed me of the incident at Lee Zeldin’s campaign event. We are relieved to report that Congressman Zeldin wasn’t injured and the suspect has been taken into custody. This violent behavior is unacceptable in New York.
— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) July 22, 2022
“Relieved to hear that Congressman Zeldin was not injured and that the suspect is in custody,” she wrote. “I condemn this violent behavior in the strongest terms possible — it has no place in New York.”