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. Kathy

    Sydney Leathers showing up for more of her drama and poor me innocent stand, just shows that it takes two to tango, and that Weiner isn't solely to blame for his addiction. Stalking isn't something to be proud of or to display as Leathers did. She's something else, and should just get over it, scorned is a bit childish don't you think. Then again a person with no morales wouldn't understand what respect for one's self is.

    September 11, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. lala

    Weiner is a weiner. Just a tiny, little weiner. He's cooked.

    September 11, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. McGee523

    Weiner is a piece of filth, but this Leathers chick should be sterilized before she can breed.

    September 11, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Nick

    The headline alone is priceless

    September 11, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. MontyinOKC

    If you turn the pic of him flipping the bird upside down, it sort of looks like a pic from his phone.

    September 11, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Larry L

    We have about 325 million people in America. Why should we have to "forgive" any politician for sleazy or dishonest behavior? Throw them away and get another one. They work for us.

    September 11, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Chris Holtry

    Maybe now that he's officially out of the race they can finally get together. And make movies.

    September 11, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. lbw

    At least the guy goes out with all the class he's always shown. Better yet at least he's out, for now.

    September 11, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Cerulean

    This is unfortunate. She's a psychotic narcissist and he's an arrogant narcissist. It was unnecessary and vengeful to put on such a tawdry spectacle even if he deserved it. Despite his flaws, he is a human being, he does have a wife and a son who will one day see this spectacle.

    I'm embarrassed for Huma, who is very accomplished despite the criticism of tolerating her husband's bullish behavior. I hope Huma sees the writing on the wall. Though no one has any business in speculating about her marriage and what she chooses...he chose to be public and cannot seem to stay away from negativity or conduct himself with dignity.

    Sydney Leathers is a thoughtless, classless example also and willingly participated...yet she is spared attention and reporters are gleeful in the bloodlust too?

    September 11, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Splinter48708

    "Are you my judge?!" He got his answer.

    September 11, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. thomp

    typical democrat

    September 11, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Meester Oh

    The now-immortalized final moment of Anthony Weiner's self-destroyed political career was a final self-inflicted gesture of the candidate's middle finger directed at a reporter curbside as his car drove away Tuesday night.

    September 11, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Carl Danger

    Maybe Weiner can get together with Leathers now that the campaign is over. Can't imagine Huma will stick around long now that Weiner's political career is in ruins.

    September 11, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. simplefaith

    Poor wife. He has lied to her over and over again. She had forgiven him and Weiner does it again. What was he thinking, running for mayor of New York City:

    September 11, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Sophie Meyer

    Tacky Ms. Leathers, very tacky. Your 15 minutes are officially over. Good riddance.

    September 11, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. us_1776

    Weiner, being chased around by his porn sext partner.

    Appropriate ending for this guy.


    September 11, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Dawn Kieballs

    "...newly minted Porn Star?" Porn something, Star I doubt. But then again, my 4 year old took a video of me so I guess that gives me a the lead role in this summers blockbuster hit "Dad in the back yard." Who cares about either.

    September 11, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Jagga Jaat

    look at you holier than thous'. peak inside your ownselves and i am certain it will scrare you. This whole country is a shameless cesspool of freaks like that woman and weiner. They are meerley a reflection of our society at large.

    September 11, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Jeff

    In spite of what he did, the media and this slut that showed up at the event have acted in the same matter. They are no better then he is.

    September 11, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. NanookoftheNorth

    Jeeze, next to this gawd-awful looking chicken neck, San Diego's ex-mayor, Bob Filner, looks like Ryan Gosling 😉

    September 11, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. J7

    Sluts and politics are never a good out come. Men should learn from history.

    September 11, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I lost a lot of respect for her she seems to believe that the way to real beauty is through being a porn sad for her to go down that path. She is young and her whole life ahead of her and wants to degrade herself like that. He is as bad and has many issues to deal with...wonder what she will look like in 5 or 10 years? most likely like a meth user and she will age quickly.

    September 11, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Concerned Netizen

    The media trashed Weiner, and went through his garbage time and time again. No fraud, No Bribe. I'd take him in a second compared to the rest of the body politic in this country. if he was a money taker it would have been all over the papers.

    he wanted all cops to wear video cameras, making them useless at intimidating people.

    Whomever the media demonizes, is my new hero..

    September 11, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. jmhdsn

    This sounds like something that could have been in A Confederacy of Dunces.

    September 11, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Owl Creek Observer

    I've never been impressed by New Yawkers but I have to give them credit for having the good sense to ring the gong on this loser.

    September 11, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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