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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE

HORRIBLE:    Congressman Lee Zeldin, the GOP candidate for governor of New York, was attacked while making a speech.  From Fox:  Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., was attacked during a gubernatorial campaign stop in Perinton, New York on Thursday night where an individual allegedly pulled out a sharp object.  Zeldin was at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post event giving a speech about bail reform when a man allegedly got on stage and "wrestled with him a bit, and pulled a blade out," according to a witness who spoke with Rochester First.  The individual who allegedly tried to attack Zeldin was taken down by AMVETS national Director Joe Chenelly, according to the report.  After the attack, Zeldin went back on the stage and continued talking, according to the report.  The Monroe County Sheriff's Office told Fox News that it is "aware of an incident at the speech of gubernatorial candidate Zeldin this evening. A suspect is in custody and Major Crimes is investigating. We will update as further information becomes available."
Katie Vincentz, a spokesperson the gubernatorial campaign, said that Zeldin and lieutenant governor nominee Alison Esposito are safe following the attack.   As Lee Zeldin predicted after the attack, the alleged perpetrator was arrested, then immediately released on his own recognizance, in accordance with New York's weak criminal-justice laws.  I fear we may see more of this violence on the campaign trails this fall.

July 21, 2022