A man attacked New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Rep. Lee Zeldin at an upstate campaign event Thursday evening, NBC News reports.
Zeldin, who is Jewish, was not harmed in the incident, which occurred as he was speaking at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Fairport, a village just outside of Rochester, the report said.
The attacker was subdued by members of the audience after he charged Zeldin, WHEC-TV reported.
That NBC affiliate reported that audience members disarmed the man, and put him in zip-ties that were pulled from campaign posters.
The suspect may have had some sort of bladed instruments, NBC News reported.
Zeldin, who represents a congressional district in Suffolk County, Long Island, is campaigning to unseat Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Commenting on the incident, Hochul wrote in a tweet on Thursday night, “Relieved to hear that Congressman Zeldin was not injured and that the suspect is in custody.”
“I condemn this violent behavior in the strongest terms possible — it has no place in New York,” she added.
Just last month, Zeldin was the target of an antisemitic death threat.
According to Zeldin’s campaign, a swastika was spray painted along with the number 187 on one of his campaign signs in Huntington, Long Island.
The number 187 is a reference to Section 187 of California’s penal code which defines the crime of murder. It has become a term used by American gangs and in other countries as slang for murder, including documented uses in Florida, Wisconsin, the UK, Germany and elsewhere. It is also common in hip hop lingo.
Zeldin, who was previously endorsed by former President Donald Trump as a Congressman, would be the first Jewish Republican governor of New York if elected.