September 11th, 2013
01:55 AM ET
12 months ago

Weiner dodges sexting partner, flips the bird as he rides off

New York (CNN) – The now-immortalized final moment of Anthony Weiner's failed New York mayoral campaign was the candidate's middle finger directed at a reporter curbside as his car drove away Tuesday night.

CNN affiliate NY-1 captured Weiner flipping the bird on video as the candidate departed his primary election night party after delivering his concession speech, punctuating the end of his bizarre campaign and an odd evening.

If that wasn't enough drama, Weiner had trouble getting into his event as Sydney Leathers, the woman at the center of the sexting controversy that began the unraveling of his mayoral campaign, had shown up outside in what she admitted was a blatant play for media attention. Weiner's problem was there was only one entrance to Connolly's Pub and Restaurant, the election night headquarters for his campaign.

"I'm here to celebrate. I think he needs some sex therapy," explained Leathers, who is now embracing a career in the porn industry.

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Dressed in a skintight, red dress and platform black pumps, Leathers got what she was looking for as some of the press inside headed outside to interview the newly minted porn star. For about 30 minutes, it was a media frenzy outside. Leathers stuck around for several hours hoping Weiner would show up, even heading inside to the bar to drink a glass of white wine with a male friend.

"We went to his campaign headquarters today first, and he decided to rearrange his schedule because apparently he doesn't think he can handle confronting me or me being in his presence so I felt like it was only appropriate to make one last stop," she said.

Sydney Leathers outside New York City mayoral candidate Anthoy Weiner's election night Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Sydney Leathers outside New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's election night Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Photo by Laura Dolan.

She was right that campaign staff didn't want a scene out front as they spent a long time figuring out how to choreograph Weiner's arrival. When the candidate finally showed just before 11 p.m., he quickly bolted into a next door McDonald's restaurant. The press corps and Leathers gave chase – yes, this really happened – security pulled a blocking maneuver as Weiner ducked through a door that connected Connolly's and the Mickey D's.

Despite the antics, Weiner made no mention of the spectacle outside during his concession speech. But his mood may have been reflected by his departing gesture.

– CNN's Laura Dolan, Rosa Flores and Tim McCaughan contributed to this report.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
soundoff (435 Responses)
  1. Mauro Turroni

    The media, nothing more than pathetic vultures.

    September 11, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. 2L

    Hey, I guess New Yorkers made the right choice!

    September 11, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Big Ben

    I do not like Weiner and would never vote for him, but this young woman is a "garbage worm." All men should be aware there are woman out there, just like her, willing to take them down.

    September 11, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. gstlab3

    this just shows me how low and base some people in our society have become.,
    no self respect.,
    just greed and self gratifacation as a lifestyle choice.,
    it shows an underlying sickness and deviant nature.,some would even say criminal.
    whatabout the sick ties between his wife and the clinton empire/

    September 11, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. gstlab3

    yup sickness and depravity.,criminal behavior on all counts.

    September 11, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. AM

    Did anybody even think this knucklehead was gonna win but him? I think NYC told him where to stick that lame bird he threw! Can't even get that right!

    September 11, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. abajuba

    It appears NYC actually gave Weiner the finger.....! As for the slut who followed him around for media attention....she too needs therapy.

    September 11, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Tumek

    Now Weiner is free to pursue his real calling: Pervert

    September 11, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Ken

    Would you expect anything else from a guy who cheats on his wife and recently had a verbal obnoxious discussion with a New Yorker in a bakery shop? He'll surface again I'm sure. What an absolute idiot!

    September 11, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. irishkathleen

    Are we sure that was his finger?????

    September 11, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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