Anthony Weiner resignation interrupted by Howard Stern writer Benjy Bronk
Anthony Weiner resigned Thursday citing "the distraction" his sexting has caused his party and his work, but Benjy Bronk, a writer on "The Howard Stern Show" was cause of even more distractions during the congressman's exit.
Interrupting Weiner with a barrage of questions about the representative's body, Bronk was shushed by reporters who had gathered at a senior center in Brooklyn's Midwood neighborhood to hear the disgraced Democrat step down.
Bronk, 43, who sits next to Stern each morning and writes jokes for the shock jock, foolishly called out to "Senator Weiner" sporadically throughout the four-minute resignation asking probing questions about the size of the congressman's most intimate private part.
To his credit, Weiner didn't seem the slightest bit troubled by Bronk's inappropriateness, pausing just once as the real journalists in the room objected to the outbursts.
"He's not with us," one reporter said, asking Weiner to continue.
Bronk, dressed in a black T-shirt and khaki pants, stood up and turned around to cameras and apologized, saying he would stop, but didn't. He was there to do more than scream out "Bababooey"; he was there to get noticed and add some spice to what would have been an otherwise anti-climatic political exit.
Weiner soldiered on thanking his staff as Bronk sporadically yelled out questions about Weiner that were later called "disgusting" by an MSNBC anchor.
"Will you maintain your hot physique," Bronk belted from the back of the center as Weiner left the podium at the end of his speech.
It was Bronk who was also at Weiner's news conference earlier this month when the congressman admitted to lying about his online activity with several women. At that news conference, Bronk blasted out similar questions and was later belted in the leg with a bike chain after he walked into a live shot and interrupted a local Fox news reporter with other shenanigans.
After that incident, Stern explained to his audience that he does not send Bronk out to cause such interruptions. In fact, he can barely get the portly writer to come into the studio each morning on time. Nonetheless, the self-proclaimed King of all Media joyfully played the clips from news reports of Bronk's mischief-making and notes that his former intern is asking questions that people want to know.
Twitter users noticed Bronk's behavior, and according to a tweet from the New York Daily News, so did the NYPD, who reportedly dragged the writer from the scene.
Below are some tweets reacting to Bronk's attempt to steal the thunder from Weiner's farewell.
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: Benjy Bronk dressed in black stands up to apologize to journalists in the middle of Anthony Weiner's resignation speech. Credit: Screenshot from CNN's live feed of the event.