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. SDGeorge

    This guy needs to hook up with former San Diego mayor Bob Filner. They can troll together and share trade secrets with each other

    September 11, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. john galt

    Weiner offered a show on MSNBC in 3,,,,,2,,,,,.1......

    September 11, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Lardoggy

    Maybe he should think about a new career in the porn? Might do well?

    September 11, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    If only he would have run over a dozen reporters.

    September 11, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Paul in Atlanta

    Before Leathers dropped a bomb on the Weiner campaign, he was NY's top choice for mayor on the democrats side. Wow!
    Hey, the dems elected Obama- so it shouldn't surprise anyone they would have elected Weiner.

    September 11, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. gdouglaso

    Well...Weiner...pure class...Leathers...pure class too. Wow.

    September 11, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Donna

    Well, well, well.... it looks like the people of NYC really were not ready to put a Weiner in the mayor's office. After all these years with Bloomberg there, they have had their fill of arrogant condescending politicans that think they know better than anybody else.

    September 11, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. J

    This guys is political toxic waste.

    September 11, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Robspiet

    Sounds like this whole sexting situation came back to bite him. On the Weiner.

    September 11, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Rider

    He is trash.

    September 11, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. thelynx

    He will have his own CNN show within the year to air right after Elliot Spitzer.

    September 11, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Hogan's Goat

    Enough, Weinerman, enough. Get away from the spotlights and cut off the internet. Go heal up your broken mind and do something that benefits humanity for the next five years. Or stick around and we will grill you until you sizzle, then serve you with mustard on a bun.

    September 11, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    real classy guy....

    September 11, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. brite

    If I were him I would get a restraining order put on her, for stalking, indirectly trying to harm his child by causing trouble in his family, and trying to undermine his income potentials! Also deflamation of charactor. All done with evil intent.

    September 11, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Ram Riva

    It is truly incredible that someone that had everything can lose it all so quickly based solely on his lost of character....cannot believe he simply cannot get away from his sexual texting addiction.....what !!!!......that's where he lost it all........don't believe now he even has the respect of his peers....not to mention his countryman.....Mr Wiener you simply need to get away out of politics for good....

    September 11, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Kent

    All parties involved are trash.

    September 11, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. TruePatriots

    You can't make up stuff this funny.

    September 11, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |

    Funny how it's the DEMS who degrade women. Ironic, isn't it?

    September 11, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. rozika

    he can flip burgers now and text while he's not busy working

    September 11, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. james

    From what we know about him, that was not his finger!

    September 11, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. LastLiberalRepulican

    It's a shame to think that this guy actually spent time in Congress.

    September 11, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Chris

    Somehow that phrase "Egg White Delight McMuffin" seems to go perfectly with the picture of Sydney Leathers.

    September 11, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. thedailyheard

    This woman is proving that she is just as big a predator as Anthony Wiener. I am so sick of her, of this story, and the idea that she is a victim. Go away weiner and Leathers.

    September 11, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. kathy clubb

    I think Weiner should make a new career change porn would be a good career for him LOL since he is perverted and a sex addict

    September 11, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. g33k n4sty

    Sex therapy isn't what she should be concerned with giving out as there's a good chance she's HIV positive now. Not looking good for her as another porn star was reported today.

    September 11, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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