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. Jane

    She makes me sick ! They need to quit giving her the attention she needs so badly!

    September 11, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Susan

    Please Anthony, it is time to retire the "Weiner".

    September 11, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. cal

    Don't ANY of these WIVES of these shameless men
    have any SELF-RESPECT for themselves at all????
    ALLOWING these men to be in public and standing
    along beside them, condoning what they have done?!!

    September 11, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. ZardaBaBy

    Is it me or does his nose look like his last name?

    September 11, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Susan

    Please Anthony, give your "Weiner" a rest.

    September 11, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Hogan's Goat

    Hey, let's see who supports him. Anybody admit voting for Weiner? or even for Wiener?

    September 11, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Zoroaster

    Maybe just a tad bit of spite – she does not look that mousy to me – I can't see her as a victim.

    September 11, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. EdL

    PJ, she is also like Hillary in another respect.. They both stood by their less than worthy husbands. Perhaps both were considering future political benefit? It is obvious Hillary was of this belief, it worked well for her.

    September 11, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Trish

    When you play with trash, you get dirty.

    September 11, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    She looks like she has black eye (among other issues). Did Houma punch her lights out?

    September 11, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    By not stepping down when he could have with some dignity he just kept going. The middle finger shows how low class this man is. We'll be seeing where she files for divorce soon.

    September 11, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. lizmcq

    LOL... you can't make this stuff up! 2 funny 4 words!

    September 11, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Knucklehead

    Now that Weiner's out, maybe they can focus on Sydney and all her positive traits.

    September 11, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Susie

    I didn't know McDonald's serves weiners or their mistresses.

    September 11, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Hogan's Goat

    "They need to quit giving her the attention she needs so badly!" Yeah, but on the other hand, if she actually gets a career in p0rn going, that means someone actually got something out of this awful mess. Weiner's ruined, his wife's radioactive, the whole race turned into a joke, and the people who trusted that Weiner was over this got, ahem, the shaft. Sydney Leathers may turn out to be the winner today . . .

    September 11, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Kansan

    Please, can this finally be the end of this pathetic spectacle.

    September 11, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Regularguy22

    They still are friends of Hillary and Bill Clinton

    September 11, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. PWD Mom

    HIs wife obviously thought he'd have a great political career. Bill Clinton had the support of a lot of Americans (not me) before the Lewinski scandal. Big difference. This guy is a loser on so many levels.

    September 11, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. eagander

    They're both pathetic!

    September 11, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Me

    I hear he got job at a carnival, it appears its the ring toss game, sound sick if you ask me

    September 11, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Harry Cline

    As some have noted the middle finger should show you how really immature and classless this guy is. How in the heck did he mange to stay 12 years on the hill. A good many of these career public trough feeders can't make it out in the private sector. An apt. on Park ave. (that says something as well) and now we discover his lady friend on the .net is an aspiring por-no actress.

    Yes folks this is who we elect to represent us. He's not fist nor the last and some are still up on that hill of thorns. But this character really shows the disconnect between these people and the voting public.

    September 11, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Neil U.

    Really? He actually thought he would be able to get elected? Seriously??!! I bet he is friends with that loser in San Diego. Furthermore, I bet "Lethers" is an acquaintance with both of them. The funny thing is, his wife. She's only standing by him because of her own political reasons and probably because Hillary is giving her pointers on how to come out on top. Kinda like the condiments for the Weiner. Wonder if he likes chili?

    September 11, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. ryche

    This is the democratic party in a nutshell.. a loser pervert, with a weirdo unemployed hanger on... This describes everyone in the democrat party to a T... losers, perverts and unemployed deadbeats trying to scam the system..

    September 11, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Bob Lewis

    He's disgusting, but she may be worse. If there ever was a desperate attention ho, she takes the prize.

    September 11, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. norma jean

    In order to maintain a little dignity on the political scene...I hope this is the last we see of disgraceful ANTHONY WEINER.....This man has no dignity...and is a disgrace to his gender as well as anything else he touches...He recently showed what he thinks of us as he signed off with his gesture to the public. We hope he has ridden off into the sunset... never to be heard from again!!!!

    September 11, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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