On Friday, Long Island Representative Lee Zeldin slammed New York’s bail laws on the campaign a day after a man with a sharp object attacked him.
According to reports, the Republican gubernatorial candidate hoping to unseat Gov. Hochul railed against the state’s cashless bail system and that his alleged assailant was released hours after the frightening incident.
“You just can’t be going around trying to stab, not just members of Congress, but anybody, for that matter,” Zeldin said.
“I believe you shouldn’t just be instantly released,” Zeldin added.
On Saturday, police arrested the man who allegedly tried to stab Zeldin.
After his arrest, David Jakubonis, 43, was charged with assaulting a member of Congress with a dangerous weapon.
According to reports, the federal charge against Jakubonis carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
It was learned that Jakubonis was previously charged with second-degree attempted assault.
The police said that after his arrest, Akubonis told investigators that he’d drunk whiskey the day of the incident.
The suspect, an Army veteran, also claimed he hadn’t known who the speaker was and asked him if he was “disrespecting veterans.”