Rep. Lee Zeldin credits his karate training with fending off attacks at campaign rally

Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York on Monday credited his childhood karate training with his ability to grab and subdue a man who approached him with a two-bladed weapon at a campaign rally in northern New York. ‘State.

“If you can take control of his wrist, you take control of the knife, and you don’t have to worry about getting closer to the knife than you have to,” said Mr. Zeldin, the contestant. Republican for New York Governor, told “Fox & Friends.”

David G. Jakubonis, 43, of Fairport, New York, had been released on his own recognizance but was returned to custody this weekend on federal charges of assaulting a congressman using a a dangerous weapon. He faces appearances in federal and state court later this week.

Mr. Jakubonis reportedly told authorities he was drinking on Thursday before stepping onto a platform where Mr. Zeldin was speaking in Perinton, New York. He said, “You’re done,” while threatening the congressman with the two-bladed cat-shaped weapon.

He later suggested that he did not know Mr. Zeldin and that he was a political figure.

“Maybe he was drunk, but it’s hard to believe he had no idea who I was or where he was,” Mr Zeldin said.

Mr. Zeldin, who will face Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul in November, said he wanted voters to know he would reform the state bail system, which was blamed for Mr. Jakubonis’ release on the initial charges.

“We need to repeal cashless bail,” he said.

Kristen T. Prall