US Representative Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor, was attacked Thursday night at a campaign event in Fairport, New York.
According to Zeldin's campaign, he was the target of a stabbing attempt, but he is safe and is back to talking.
A brief but potentially hazardous contact during his address was captured on video and released online.
According to a video posted on Facebook, Zeldin was speaking about states like Texas and Florida, claiming that "feeling safe there,
The attacker dragged him to the floor of the stage. The Congressman was soon freed by others, who also helped him to get back on his feet.
Zeldin "grabbed the assailant's wrist to stop him," according to the campaign, until other people took the perpetrator to the ground.
Law enforcement officials said further information would be provided as it became available, but did not name the attacker.