Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York has had enough.
The freshman congressman recently reported on Facebook that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has been paying people to videotape him wherever he goes. While this kind of “tracking” might be expected at campaign events, those tracking Zeldin are crossing the line and are now even following him to non-political events, including those attended by his children.
“DCCC trackers have been on me for years, but now there seem to be far less limits to where they will go to film me,” Zeldin told Hannity.com.
The most recent incident occurred at a charity youth basketball game held in Mastic Beach, New York.
“Welcome to my world… Can you believe Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee literally pay someone to stalk me wherever I go?” Zeldin wrote in a video posted to Facebook on Friday. Congressman Zeldin–who is also a Major in the Army Reserves and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom– proceeded to turn the tables on his stalkers and confront them with a camera of his own.
“Let’s go over there and meet them,” Zeldin says in the video turning the camera on his stalkers. When Zeldin introduced himself to the two individuals and asked what brought them to the event, they initially demurred.
“[We] just wanted to see what this was all about,” a young woman who identified herself as Melissa said.
“For like a school project or something?” pressed Zeldin.
After some evasion, the woman admitted to being a “tracker” for the DCCC.
“It’s kind of weird that someone would be paid by the DCCC to come track a basketball game,” the Long Island Congressman explained. “You actually have the camera right now on my daughter.”
“It’s not on, I promise,” a visibly nervous Melissa said. The DCCC trackers eventually turned tail and left the event, but not before Zeldin could ask them to pass on a message to Nancy Pelosi and the DCCC.
“Events like this, we try not to be political and pay trackers to show up at this kind of event.”
Check out the full video of the incident above.