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. italian prime minister

    Being able to bag hot chicks used to be a political plus!

    -Italian prime.Minister

    September 11, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Mark

    At least we don't have to see his other body part gain

    September 11, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. loverpoint

    I'm an independent voter.
    Weiner is a loser.
    His wife should divorce him and run for mayor.

    September 11, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Sense

    Digusting women today have no shame....

    September 11, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. skytag

    What a loser. Can you go away now?

    September 11, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. jed clampett

    I'm going to miss the little guy. : (

    September 11, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. deutsche001

    He just committed suicide. There is nobody on earth that would hire him after this class act exit

    September 11, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Amanda

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA this guy. I feel for the wife, but this is just getting ridiculous.

    September 11, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @Sense: "Digusting women today have no shame...."

    Disgusting men today have no shame, either ... I think the common denominator is the character of the likes of Wiener and his "partner," something that is not tied to gender.

    My bad, I'm assuming you can actually THINK ...

    September 11, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Harald

    So, hopefully that's the last time anybody hears from this clown.

    September 11, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. brown

    There was no need to humiliate Weiner further.

    His private live is just that ... PRIVATE.

    Stop the hypocrisy!

    September 11, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Bubba

    What a class act this loser is. Those who contributed $$$$ to Wiener's campaign must be feeling like they got the shaft.

    September 11, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. BobJustBob

    He's nothing, if not impulsive.

    September 11, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Leading from Behind Putin

    I can hardly wait for Weiner's reality TV show. You have HAVE to know somebody is going to do it. Americans just love TV shows about losers like this guy. It makes them fell sooo much better about their own pathetic life. I'm sure Hillary and Bill Clinton will make a few cameo appearances.

    September 11, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Hogan's Goat

    "Weiner will get a show on CNN or MSNBC." I'm betting FOX has called him twice already.

    September 11, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. doejane

    Seems like this wiener has gone limp!

    September 11, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Ed

    This is by far the best/funniest thing I've read today. Keep it Classy Weiner!

    September 11, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Ned

    How was he ever leading in the polls? Are New Yorkers out to lunch?

    September 11, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. us_1776

    Weiner, you're done.


    September 11, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. tj

    Feel for his wife, thats about it. It must be difficult with a newborn and a flake like wiener. Leathers is a bit of a pork chop anyways. Her 15 minutes of fame has expired given the desperate 'look at me' attempt.

    September 11, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. EdL

    Weiner has had his problems but he remains a good liberal Democrat?

    September 11, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. PJ

    Wifey only married Weiner to ride the coat-tails. She is intelligent like protégé Hillary, but used their men as stepping stones to further benefit themselves. Do not feel sorry for calculating women stategists.

    September 11, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Richard

    Weiner really IS a weiner, isn't he... Class act, dude. Hey Huma! – you can do waayyy better than The Weiner !!!

    September 11, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. idb

    Why is the man still in the race? Does he have no dignity at all? Who would be so immoral as to actually vote for him?

    September 11, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Weiner's vain

    You're so Vein......

    September 11, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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