The Georgia state senator reportedly called a press conference on short notice on Thursday to react to a demand for an apology from fellow politician for previous statements in which Brown apparently compared local Republicans to the Ku Klux Klan.
Brown’s laughably lame response would have been suitable for a blog item on its own — but what happened next trumped his shaky excuse.
The Senator rapidly departed the press conference held at Macon’s City Hall. Woody Marshall, a photographer from the Macon Telegraph, tried to get ahead of the senator to get a photo when he was assaulted by a very large man who arrived at the event with the senator. Brown later denied knowing exactly who the fellow was — but it turns out the photog bouncer is named Malik Brown (no relation to the senator but son of another man present who describes himself as like a brother to Robert Brown.) A report on the incident from WMAZ TV in Macon can be seen below.
Amusingly, after roughing up the photographer — Malik the enforcer can be seen warning other journalists that they “better calm down.”
For some reason — at contentious news conferences — aides and supporters often take it upon themselves to “protect” their principal. What they are protecting them from and why they would do so — is a mystery. Presumably if someone calls a news conference — they are expecting to have their picture taken.
Follow up reports say that Malik Brown has been charged with simple assault. Simple, indeed.