Anthony Weiner found himself in a familiar position Wednesday — standing in front of the cameras at a hastily called press conference, asking for the public's forgiveness after another sexting scandal.
But the mayoral candidate and his sexting pseudonym, Carlos Danger, weren't the only things trending on social media during Weiner's latest mea culpa. A "mystery" man who emerged from a cubicle behind Weiner during the press conference quickly became a Twitter sensation.
Epic Weiner press conference photobomb. Who is that dude? pic.twitter.com/dLkGPBFViH— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) July 23, 2013
Who's the guy in the cubicle behind Weiner?— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) July 23, 2013
This man in the cubicle behind keeps creeping and then going away. pic.twitter.com/83Lok7SSAM— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 23, 2013
Who the hell was that guy in the cubicle? The real Carlos Danger?— Ed Hornick (@edhornick) July 23, 2013
Cubicle Guy Staying In Race.— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) July 23, 2013
The guy behind the cubicle at this press conference is cracking me up for some reason. He's Wilson from Home Improvement. #anthonyweiner— Bill West (@BillWest5) July 23, 2013
The identity of the "mystery cubicle guy" — initially thought to be a Weiner staffer — was debated on Twitter as the embattled candidate and his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, spoke.
It turns out the presser-bombing "cubicle guy" is Jeff McKinney, a reporter for New York's WOR radio, who had no idea he was stealing Weiner's spotlight and becoming a viral sensation in the process.
"'Cubicle guy' had no idea that he was 'cubicle guy,''" McKinney, referring to himself, said in an interview with Minnesota's WCCO radio, where he used to work. "'Cubicle guy' was just there. He was taking notes. He was standing behind Anthony Weiner, because that was the only available spot to him, because 'cubicle guy' was late to the news conference."
McKinney added: “I didn’t realize I was becoming famous as I stood there, taking notes and doing whatever I was doing.”
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