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. Reasonably

    Please please please stop covering anything to do with this train wreck.

    September 11, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Captain Obvious

    This guy is beyond an immature, man-child. His parents must be so proud.

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

    Another example of Weiner being a class act. I'll be very happy not to have to hear about him any longer.

    September 11, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Steve

    Why his wife stays with him is beyond me.

    September 11, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Norma Vessels

    The man may be a Democrat, but he's disgusting. I'm glad he lost.

    September 11, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. SW

    Thank goodness the campaign is finally over. Now, maybe, this jackwagon will do the world a favor & crawl back under his rock.

    September 11, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. rc

    Wiener had a Dillinger moment

    September 11, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Lamental Jester

    Something tells me that middle finger pic is gonna be an internet meme for years to come

    September 11, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Ven

    This cat kills me, ROFL. Why is he mad? Who does he have to be mad at, other than himself??

    September 11, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Michael Benjamin

    Exactly the type of politician one would expect from NY.

    September 11, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Sushi

    Hey New York!
    Keep your Weiner in your pants!

    September 11, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. tony

    Is it mandatory for political parties to ignore the 99.9% of good, normal people when choosing candidates?

    September 11, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Arminius

    Flipped the bird to reporters, and thereby the public?
    Right back at ya, champ.

    September 11, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. hotstuff

    of course he blames everyone else for his problems. stop giving this guy space on your website.

    September 11, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Namethe wath

    Weiner is a Weiner Time for him to gro up and get another job doin something stupid because he seems to b good at being stupid!!!!!

    September 11, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Rich

    Maybe now he FINALLY has the hint. Go away loser. You are a disgrace and embarrassment to yourself and your family.

    September 11, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. ccw

    hope his wife divorces him...she's way to classy for this scum bag

    September 11, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Real

    You sure that's his FINGER and not something else???

    September 11, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Tara

    She's disgusting. That speaks volumes about him!

    September 11, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Ted

    What a great finale for this circus freak show candidate! Flip 'em the bird and ride off into the sunset being chased by a sexting porn star. I bet his social climber wife Huma divorces his sorry carcass within the next six months.

    September 11, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Name the wath

    Weiner is a little Weiner! He has an attention problem. Get a job doin something stupid because you'd b good at it WEINER!!!!!

    September 11, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Greg

    A class act to the end.

    September 11, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. GGoheen

    Some of the democrat candidates really have a lot of class. Weiner and Spitzer are not among them. I suppose stand by your man Huma will dump Carlos now since she won't be NYC first lady and return to whatever position she has with stand by your man Hillary. Wonder if the rumors about that are true. Could the Dems produce still another set of firsts with the next POTUS? First woman? First Lesbian? First First Lady? I guess its possible unless the truth about Benghazi comes out, but what difference does that really make? Of course there's still Whitewater and Vincent Foster and her failed health care program & the Rose Law Firm billing records & her miraculous cattle futures investments. She's sooo incredibly smart but had no idea her husband was shagging everyone he met. But we forgive her because "She stood by her man." regardless of whom he was sleeping with.

    September 11, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Smitty

    Leathers is an attention hungry hooker, who went from a political prodigy, to a low-class hooker trying to sell a sex tape. Not to mention, she isn't even good looking. That money is going to dry up quick, and we'll see her soon enough cleaning up feces on Survivor or some other crappy reality show.

    September 11, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Seattle Sue

    Sidney Leathers is not much better a person than Anthony Weiner. Maybe this fame for her may lead to contracts for porn movies for her.

    September 11, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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