September 11th, 2013
01:55 AM ET
12 months 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. DRJJJ

    This guy is a criminal and a punk!

    September 11, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    She's psycho. Lay down with dogs and you get fleas Mr. Weiner.

    September 11, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. DarkPoet

    I don't like AW or "Danger" whatever his name is this week at all, but her showing up blatantly shows you how much of an attention 'rake' she is!

    Sorry, but she loves the attention just as much as he does :)

    September 11, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. peter rabbit

    The man is a lowlife. He is more stupid than that moron who said she can see Russia from her house.

    September 11, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. B4Cons

    He is such a low life.

    September 11, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. johndoughboy

    Congratulations to the citizens of New York City for being responsible citizens of "The Big Apple" as they exercised their votes. Maybe Weiner can get a job as the chief hot dog vender in Times Square or become the driver of the world famous Frankfurter/hot dog mobile vehicle and drive coast to coast advertising for the famous food maker of America. He can eat hot dogs every day or even put a wiener on them.

    September 11, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Joe Hates Government

    Everyone of these morons are losers. Who cares about any of them. Stop printing stories about them and they will just go away, like they should.

    September 11, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. dpsmith67

    She showed up because news outlets like CNN would report it.

    September 11, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. sperry23

    Way to stay classy, ya weenie!

    September 11, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Brad

    She just stopped by looking for weiner!!!

    September 11, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. It's Me !

    which bird did he flip ?

    September 11, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Griff-Griff

    That finger was a campaign promise...

    September 11, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Andres

    This article was so funny to read! LOL

    September 11, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. The Eternal Satyr

    She looks like a little Egg-White Delight McMuffin herself! Wah-wah-wee-wah!

    September 11, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. victor

    Sydney Leathers is every liberal woman's dream.

    September 11, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. WhiteSites

    "Dressed in a skintight, red dress and platform black pumps."

    Ok CNN, Absolute Fail here? Where are the pictures?
    Sometimes I think I should be running a news agency, since it seems I have more attention to detail on what would drive ratings, views and clicks, than everyone that put their stamp on this article.

    September 11, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. McDummy

    I have determined that CNN likes Weiner jokes and doesn't mind people going off on a figure like him. Now if it is a piece on McCain or Graham, they allow 10 comments and shut down discussion... just what gives? Who is the person who decides when comments cease? Probably best I don't know, it would just give me a name to hate.

    September 11, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Robert Nicholson

    So, CNN, who won the race and is it worth reporting or are you only a TV tabloid?

    September 11, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Name sandy in LV

    Is Weiner really any worse or perverted or more of a loser than Bill Clinton?

    September 11, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Ruth

    What a snotty little bugger he's shown himself to be! Here's hoping he never gets to run anything. And his wife needs to run, not walk, in the opposite direction.

    September 11, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Me

    Pic of Leathers is a great porn name, will call her : egg white delight!!!! lolz. so fitting. She is no better than Whinner.

    September 11, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. Dave

    I've seen him do worse.

    September 11, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. SmartPotato

    Weiner is the only one who had something to lose... and he did.

    September 11, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. jason

    This election defeat clearly shows democrats are 10000x more intelligeny that their counterparts in the necon party. Mark sanford reelection comes to mind

    September 11, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Taxed Citizen

    All class. Hopefully he will just disappear now.

    September 11, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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