September 11th, 2013
01:55 AM ET
5 years 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.

In Weiner's final days, more curiosity than serious candidate

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. He REALLY Farked UP!!

    Boy, did he really throw his career down the drain!! Good Lord! What a send off.... the middle finger. Charming!!

    September 11, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  2. Anonymous

    She is seeking a career in porn? There's a lot to say about that but I'll just say she needs to pick up a newspaper once in a while and at least read about the four recent cases of Aids in the porn industry.

    September 11, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  3. Anthony Weiner

    Hello All,

    Thank you very much for the support and for working so hard and throbbing to make my campaign a success. My wife Hummus will be by side throughout all of my sick and twisted scandals. Catch me on NBC's "to catch a predator"

    September 11, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. Doug

    First I feel this woman is a disgusting human being, she is the slim in a pond.. Secondly, Anthony Weiner is just as disgusting.... I hope Weiner gets the help he desperately needs...
    Tonight was a meeting of the worst this country has to offer... Let's hope they.. both go away

    September 11, 2013 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  5. Neil

    It would have made better press if he ducked into a Wienerschitzel instead of a McDonalds.

    September 11, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  6. nate

    Weiner is fully justified in his behavior here. Yeah, he's a lying internet pervert, and he got trashed in the polls for it.

    Punishment over. Now he can figure out how to get along in what I'm sure is a cold home life.

    Chasing him all over town for cheap headlines is quite deserving of the bird.

    September 11, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  7. GunnerGA

    Weiner was a good man who broke no laws and whose private life should have remained private. I dare say that most people would not like what they say in the throws of passion plastered on the front page of a newspaper. What is said in the bedroom or in a chat room typically sounds creepy and deviant in the cold light of day. But most people do it and yet dared to judge him. He was a good member of Congress and represented his community well as well as was a voice for many around the country. And while he is to blame for drawing attention to him in the beginning... it is the tabloid behavior of the media that focused on the private and legal behavior that should really be condemned. Weiner would have made a good mayor. Now he will be treated as a pariah despite having broken no laws and broken no marriage vows. And since he never once met with any of the people he chatted with, why on G-ds green earth would he want to be seen with one of those people who has sold herself to the porn industry for a cheap buck. Weiner still has class and my respect for what he did in his public life. I wish him well.

    In this High Holy Day season of atonement, we should all be willing to forgive the transgressions of those who actions ultimately did not touch anyone's lives and yet received public condemnation and ridicule nonetheless.

    September 11, 2013 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  8. NanookoftheNorth

    Good tired of looking at that scrawny-necked thing :-/

    September 11, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  9. Herb maier

    What a farce. The obvious question is how can a moron like Weiner even get to a position of importance? Scary.

    September 11, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  10. TheDrizzle

    And so ends the saga of Carlos Danger.......or does it?

    September 11, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  11. Cactus

    Given his past behavior, I think the reporter should count him/herself lucky that he only exposed them to the bird.

    September 11, 2013 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  12. Frank

    Getting interviewed in front of a McDonalds after you tried to further humiliate the married man whose life you ruined. Very classy.

    September 11, 2013 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  13. Leroy

    Classy as ever Weiner boy!

    September 11, 2013 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  14. um

    Carlos Danger rides away into the sunset...

    September 11, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  15. Captain Obvious

    Lesson of the day: choose your sexting partners wisely!

    September 11, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  16. Kate

    Although weiner did this to himself, I think the only word for Ms. Leathers is EWWWWW

    September 11, 2013 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  17. Taumy

    and there are people that voted for him.

    September 11, 2013 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  18. Danko Ramone

    The depths people will allow themselves to fall to in search of power and fame never ceases to amaze,

    September 11, 2013 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  19. Dick

    What a loser this guy is showing himself out to be, but that shouldn't be a surprise at this point.

    September 11, 2013 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  20. Gary

    Well as we use to say on the playground to kids flipping the middle finger is "what's that, how many friends you had before your dog died?" He has nothing and nobody to blame but himself.

    September 11, 2013 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  21. jstsaying

    If Anthony Wiener had any self respect what so ever, more importantly, if he had respect for his wife, he would have bailed out of the election long ago. It's over, Anthony, the life you once led is over.

    September 11, 2013 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  22. Name Driving Storm

    Mr. Weiner is exactly as his last name suggests...Your a real loser Mr. Weiner...In life, politics and as a man! A big shout out to the New York voters for not electing this individual.

    September 11, 2013 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  23. penguin

    Showed his lack of class from beginning to end. I feel sorry for Hillary because this clown's wife works on her campaign. Regadless of whether it should or not, the cxharacter of the people you associate with reflects on you.

    September 11, 2013 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  24. Maximum bob

    Totally classless gesture there, Carlos Danger. But then, we should expect this from him. Huma, get away from this predator!

    September 11, 2013 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  25. Tim

    What a train wreck, if ever a person embraced a narcissist behavior, it would have to be Weiner.

    September 11, 2013 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
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