A supporter of New York gubernatorial nominee Rep. Lee Zeldin was allegedly assaulted and assaulted at a rally for Democratic nominee for governor Kathy Hochul on Saturday.
Hochul was holding the rally with other Democratic officials when counter-protesters supporting Zeldin emerged with signs and began chanting against the governor.
Video obtained by Fox News shows a Hochul supporter appearing to be beating and choking a woman named Angelica Torres. The Zeldin supporter said she later consulted a doctor and reported the incident to the police.
Torres told Fox News Sunday she was still devastated by the fight. She said she was wearing a pro-Zeldin shield.
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“I carried a sign that said ‘Vote Them Out’ and under their campaign portraits. Then I was unexpectedly attacked by a woman grabbing my shield. While I was trying to get my shield back, another man who was a lot bigger than me started choking me,” Torres said.
“I was very shocked and upset that I could not speak my mind openly without violence. Crime and violence are big issues in our city.”
Fox News has contacted the New York City Police Department for more details on the incident.
New York City Councilwoman Krystal Hudson, a Democrat, was also reportedly spotted tussling with Torres, who claimed the councilwoman grabbed her. Your office has not responded to requests for comment.
The identity of the alleged perpetrators and their possible motives remain unknown. It is also not clear whether those accused of attacking Torres were Hochul supporters.
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Hochul beat Zeldin by 17 points in August polls, but their lead has now shrunk to single digits, with some pollsters putting them by just 4 points. The close race is troubling for Democrats in a deep blue state where registered party members outnumber Republicans about two-to-one. Democrats argue the poll will serve as a “wake-up call” for their base, according to Politico.
Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.