Photo by Erica Sherman.

Benjy Bronk (Photo by Erica Sherman)

Hecklers shouted “Pervert!” and demanded detailed information about Congressman Anthony Weiner’s genitals at this afternoon press conference, in which the beleaguered pol resigned, barring any chance of allowing a man with 26 years of public service in his wake to end the most embarrassing chapter with a modicum of dignity.

The most vocal of the hecklers was The Howard Stern Show‘s Benjy Bronk, who stood up in the middle of Weiner’s statement and demanded to know if the congressman was “fully erect” in the now infamous photos mistakenly posted to Twitter, and also demanded to know the length of his penis. Members of the press bristled at Bronk’s antics and later blamed him for spurring the congressman to leave the conference without taking questions, and police ultimately removed Bronk from the Midwood senior center where Weiner delivered his statement. Bronk’s attacks were an encore; he shouted similar comments during Weiner’s confessional press conference earlier this month.

A member of an unidentified publication also shouted “Yeah! Bye bye, pervert!” when Weiner said he was stepping down.

Not all those who yelled at Weiner were hecklers, though. A few of a the senior center’s residents sat in attendance, commenting to each other that it was a shame he was to resign. One shouted, “We still love you!”

Twenty years earlier, in the very same spot he chose to deliver his statement – the Council Center For Senior Citizens (1001 Quentin Road) – Weiner launched his career as an elected official by announcing his candidacy for City Council.

Ultimately, Weiner said he had hoped to stay in office and weather the media storm that followed his accidental publication of his groin on Twitter, exposing a habit of inappropriately contacting women online. But he said the scandal had caused too much of a distraction to serve his constituents.

“I’m here today to again apologize for th personal mistakes I have made and the embarassment I have caused,” he said. “I’d hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do – to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it. Unfortunately the distraction that I have created has made that impossible.”

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  • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

    *sigh* This guy (Bronk) just makes me sad

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    The Times video feed showed him being detained by cops outside.

  • nolastname

    Ned, give Bronk my name tag and invite him to the party.
    Great pics, video and reporting. 2 thumbs up.

  • Andrew Kent

    Press conferences in secure spaces are for the press, not for hecklers pretending to be press whose only agenda is to disrupt the event and get face time they don’t deserve. Someone should have decked him or just hustled him out the door. I’m all for free speech, but, as a former publicist and governmental press secretary, I find this kind of behavior antithetical to the free speech of the newsmaker attempting to communicate his or her message to the media and, through them, to the public whose right it is to hear that message.

  • Truth

    I really must admit I don’t like the term “public servant” when it is used in reference to politicians.  I would say that 95% of people go into politics to serve themselves first and the public second, or third.  I think the term public servant should be used in reference to people who do a certain job for the good of the public even though they have alternative options that pay better.  Some examples would be volunteers, religious workers and people who work with the mentally and physically handicapped. Weiner and his colleagues make over 150K a year, hardly charity.

  • Andrew Kent

    P.S., Ned, great coverage of the aftermath where Bronk got his comeuppance.  Even in today’s highly sensationalized and theatrical media environment, there is still a difference between journalism and the dada of cheap performance art.

  • Vinny Boombotz

    LOL this is the greatest ever. Benjy is fucking awesome. People need to relax, this whole news story is a joke and those that dont have a sense of humor are taking it too seriously. We are talking about a Congressman named Weiner who showed everyone his wiener. Its funny.

    • Eminem

      i don’t like heckling, but obviously, if the guy wasn’t a Democrat, these posts would be saying very different things….

  • Anonymous

    Good for Benjy! That disgrace Weiner got off easy. Benjy was classy enough to not use profanity as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Erica-Sherman-Photographer/156144554406226?ref=mf ES

      How do you figure that Weiner got off easy? He’s been publicly humiliated every day for the past three weeks, during which time it was announced that his wife is pregnant, and now he’s out of a job. That’s getting off easy?

      • Anonymous

        Yeah… id love to be humiliated about having a 7 inch cock.. not aroused of course.

    • Guest

      Disgrace huh? One of the only politicians that actually gave a crap about the people he served just resigned. If George Bush and Dick Cheney are brought up on charges for war crimes and then they are heckled, let’s see what your tune is then.

  • Eminem

      ON a lighter note, speaking of hecklers….

    There was a black street comedian named Charlie Barnett in the Village several decades ago (he was so good he actually got a little famous before passing away at a very young age). I’ve never seen a guy handle hecklers like him:
       (the following language is racy, but that’s how he told it, so i give it to you uncensored):

      To one heckler, he announced: “who are you, the last nigger from 3-Mile Island”… (this was when the nuclear accident happened there)

      To another heckler: “See that bus to Newark? Be under it”.

       Another time:  “Shave your ass and walk backwards, nobody will know the fucking difference”.

       I used to go searching for the guy just to see him perform. That’s how you handle hecklers. I was almost tempted to heckle just to hear his lines! Perhaps that’s what people were doing, come to think of it….
     

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      I knew Charlie. He spent a lot of time in Washington Square.

      What a loss, he seemed to want to self-destruct. He was normally a really nice person. But impossible to work with professionally.

      • Eminem

        Wow you get around!

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          I was one of those evil folksingers in the 70s. A lot of times we would play in Washington Square Park on a Friday Night. Charlie would do a few “sets”, and we all would leave around midnight or so and get some food. One of the people who was part of the group we traveled around with was a comedian, more rude than funny. (Charlie was both) That was an interesting time, our entourage was always picking up people who were talented and undiscovered.

          Do you remember Nate Tate the storyteller?

  • jayjay

    Whatever you think of what he did, it took courage to walk into that room and maintain his dignity throughout the heckling. He didn’t need to do that. he could spoken in a more formal venue where that would have been better controlled or he could have simply written a letter of resignation. I was listening on the radio when they were saying he was about to arrive at the senior center, and all i could think of was what it must have felt like to get into that car from Queens to Brooklyn and walk into that building knowing the likelihood of that kind of attack. He may have inappropriate compulsions, but he also has courage. 

    another note: what right do we have to know the truth about what? clearly not what benjie was screaming. benjie is a disgusting jerk but the discussion with him is fascinating. this is good journalism.

  • Anonymous

    Motherfucker that my boy Benjy Bronk!!!!!
    The guy who is personally responsible for  inventing shtickcoma.
    He is a writer and on-air personality on Howard Stern show. He is also personal hero of my. When I grow up I want to be just like Benjy lol

  • Anonymous

    He is going for treatment LOLOLOL hahaha.

    • Edlane Nyc

      Treatment with a happy ending

  • Guest

    Great coverage!
    More important – please see the link below. About his wife, the top assistant of our State Secretary Hillary Clinton
    I do want to believe that this article is absolutely baseless. But… the magazine is very reputable.
    http://www.examiner.com/public-safety-in-national/rep-weiner-s-wife-tied-to-the-muslim-brotherhood?CID=examiner_alerts_article
    You thoughts? Just please, do not scream about the racism and Islamophobia. Please look at . this is really serious. Thank you

    • Anonymous

      Dude let me tell you something in Italian so only you and I will understand: gay kocken offen yom.
      Benjy sweaty ass performed his masterpiece and you pushing your fakakta (also Italian) agenda here.

      • Guest

        FABA. Did you read Sol Alinsky? If not – you are genius. No jokes. You perfectly use his tactic. Google him, if you have a time.  

        • Anonymous

          Ok ma I’ll do my homework tomorrow, I’ll read about Soul Alinsky.

          • Guest

            Thank you, Faba. And you are 100% correct – I really have an agenda. My agenda – I just simply want to do my best in order to save America as a # 1 country in the world. I came from the former Soviet Union and really appreciate and love this country, I know and I understand much more than you are not because I am smarter, no way, just because I have a Soviet Union experience. We already had “war with the rich” ( result – GULAG, google what is this …). And I really do not want another 9/11, Fort Hood, Times Square, KSM ….

    • jayjay

      oh please. the article was taken from something called the floyd report that has a clear vehemently antidemocrat agenda. i have no idea among whom the examiner is reputable, but the article says at the beginning that that’s where it came from. click on the link. And suddenly this “connection” (the alleged siting of her mother’s name on a list) just happens to be found out now, when everyone’s riled up against weiner and will believe anything negative about him. conspiracy theories get readers.

      • Guest

        Thank is exactly what I wrote :”I do want to believe that this article is absolutely baseless”. I hope so… Regarding conspiracy: unfortunately 9/11, Fort Hood, Tomes square were real. And first what president Bush did – he gave the Bin Laden’s family green light to leave the country. Even did not let FBI talk to them… ( correct me if I am wrong). First what president Obama did – brought KSM trail to NYC… Theatre of absurd :-(  

  • http://twitter.com/Microshock Microshock

    Anthony shouldn’t be judged on what he does in his personal life while he’s in office. Who gives one shit that he showed his boner or whatever to some women other than him and his wife?

    Seriously. Guy had to throw away his career because of this?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jesus looking guy. Politicians absolutely should be judged on what they do in his/her personal life. Outside his government job Dick Cheney was best palls with Halliburton. I sure as hell care about that.
      Now what we should not care about what politicians do with his penises. If he wants to tweet it or share it with an intern, play with it while watching German porn or stick it in to glory hole in airport bathroom that in no way our concern. But no we are morally outraged every time sexual being does something sexual. How many of you “perverts” here send a pic of your penis or pic of your tits to someone? I bet their are more than a few here who are reading this (looking at you Ned). So was it all that unusual that the guy who is clearly cares about his body image took a pic of his dick and email it to a porn star? No it is not. Weiner is not a pervert, he is modern age dude who is trying to get some on the side, that does not make him a bad politician. He made one fatal mistake, he lied. If he would have only come out during first week and said: “Hey I did something dumb. We all make mistakes and we all like sex and just like everyone in this world I have a pervy side. I’m sorry it came out in to public but it’s really an issue that I should deal with myself and with my wife. And by the way she is really only victim in this victimless act. I’m sorry honey I will be  better husband to you and better father to our new child. So if you excuse me please I have pants to zip up and Congress to attend. No questions. Thank you.

  • Bugg

    Weiner’s parents mus be very proud to have their son represent their values imparted to him in such a spectacular and public fashion.If it was undignified  iit was only so because Weiner is a sick depraved pervert.A sensible person woudl never have done tose things, or at least ahd the deceny to resign via a simple 1 sentence press release.
    Good riddance.

    • Anonymous

      So I take it you never showed your ding dong to any hot chick? And I bet his daddy would be proud if Tony would tag that porn star :)

      • Bugg

        A person who’s idea of wooing ladies is texting his cell schlong photos to strangers is sick and twisted. Having said that, had he fessed up at the first opportunity he would still have a job and it would have been a one day story. Instead he falsely claimed he’d been hacked, though he carefully didn’t make a complaint nor contact the FBI. If he would lie about something so trivial he shoulnd’t be trusted with a coffee order.   Good aprt is we have been spared Chuick Schumer’s nonsense Sunday press conference about total bullshit. Keep Goldman Sachs in business, Chuck! Great job! Fuck the rest of us-TARP and QE2 for us all.

      • Bugg

        A person who’s idea of wooing ladies is texting his cell schlong photos to strangers is sick and twisted. Having said that, had he fessed up at the first opportunity he would still have a job and it would have been a one day story. Instead he falsely claimed he’d been hacked, though he carefully didn’t make a complaint nor contact the FBI. If he would lie about something so trivial he shoulnd’t be trusted with a coffee order.   Good aprt is we have been spared Chuick Schumer’s nonsense Sunday press conference about total bullshit. Keep Goldman Sachs in business, Chuck! Great job! Fuck the rest of us-TARP and QE2 for us all.

        • Anonymous

          So how do you woo the ladies?  I bet you show them your TARP don’t you, you daredevil and then when it get all hot and heavy you get your spreadsheet out and show them how dirty, dirty QE2 is. Oh baby tell me again how nutty Federal Reserve is! Has Bernanke been a bad boy? I bet Ben needs a good spanking. Oh look your inflation is rising again! 

        • Anonymous

          So how do you woo the ladies?  I bet you show them your TARP don’t you, you daredevil and then when it get all hot and heavy you get your spreadsheet out and show them how dirty, dirty QE2 is. Oh baby tell me again how nutty Federal Reserve is! Has Bernanke been a bad boy? I bet Ben needs a good spanking. Oh look your inflation is rising again! 

          • Eminem

            i woo the chicks by telling them of the absolutely wild chess openings i experimented with in tournaments in the 70′s…. I’m still single by the way.

          • Anonymous

            Oh did you use Budapest Gambit? Actually, I was wondering if you would give a few lessons to me. I don’t have a pot to piss in but I can scrape a few bucks by the end of the week. Plus I can add unlimited amount of Pabst as compensation. If you get me to FIDE 2000 ratting I will cook you a meal fit for kings.

    • Anonymous

      So I take it you never showed your ding dong to any hot chick? And I bet his daddy would be proud if Tony would tag that porn star :)

  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

    congress is a joke anyway

  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

    LoL great footage

  • http://www.facebook.com/zaneburnett Zane Burnett

    great footage, man!

  • Jblu14

    Type your comment here.Nobody could neutralize that babalooey Bronk? It’s not like he was wearing a disguise as a real journalist.

    • Andrew Kent

      Bronk kept referring to himself as a journalist, which he is not, had no press credentials, and, in his ignorance, kept referring to the Congressman as “Senator Weiner.”  If he was already known to the media reps as a disruptive troublemaker, they, or Weiner’s people, should have excluded him or had someone very large and strong standing behind him. 

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  • Jimihasnonuts

    I love Benjy. Since when does a man with a clear view of political perverts become an ass. I didn’t know who he was before this, but now I’m becoming a subscriber to Sirius Radio and Howard Stern. They seem to be the ONLY ones to get it. Let’s not forget that the Congressman is the asshole, not Benjy.

  • Jimihasnonuts

    I love Benjy. Since when does a man with a clear view of political perverts become an ass. I didn’t know who he was before this, but now I’m becoming a subscriber to Sirius Radio and Howard Stern. They seem to be the ONLY ones to get it. Let’s not forget that the Congressman is the asshole, not Benjy.

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