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. Anonymous

    And this person is are running for political positions? GOOD thing he got out of the arena.

    September 11, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  2. Antonio Taverner

    Bye bye you waste

    September 11, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  3. Matt

    "I'm here to celebrate. I think he needs some sex therapy," – Says the hooker...

    September 11, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  4. Schnitzel

    He should have gone to the hot dog stand – heard there was one nearby.

    September 11, 2013 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  5. C_Slough

    Classic Weiner!

    September 11, 2013 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  6. Normal In NH

    What a class act! From a psychiatric perspective, I don't see much difference between Leathers and Weiner.

    September 11, 2013 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  7. PDX Greg

    Now THAT is a fitting end to his egomaniacal campaign all around. Mr. Weiner, get yourself some help. If you are too blinded by your own illness to see that you would have been the most effective enemy to every political position you espoused, to every idea you wanted to implement, and to the very city you wanted to represent, then you need serious psychological help. If you really cared about this city and your political party, then you would have let them go. They are both now in far more capable hands, albeit in your turbulent wake.

    September 11, 2013 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  8. Redspotz

    Stay classy, Carlos

    September 11, 2013 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  9. Kester67

    Stay classy weiner....

    September 11, 2013 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  10. Derek

    Sydney Leathers and Anthoy Weiner... a shining example of everything that is wrong in the US

    September 11, 2013 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  11. LeatherWeiner

    What a catastrophe. He should have disappeared a long time ago. This girl will probably never make a dime after this. he isn't campaigning anymore and she hasn't been in the news since shortly after the story broke.
    she isn't interesting or particularly attractive. The personality is not pleasant at all. Shes brash ansd100% gaudy stripper personality. Irs like so far from stardom it is s joke

    September 11, 2013 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  12. Weiner

    This guy needs to get a life....and I hope this loss means it's the last we hear from him. He's a french fry short of a hoppy meal.

    September 11, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  13. Sharon Foster

    Only in America. I'm older. I can't remember things being like this when I was a child. It was considered an honor to vote. You looked forward to the day you could cast your ballot. Now it's turned into a three ring circus with porn stars and clownish politicians. Where did our morals and values go?

    September 11, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  14. Stewie Griffin

    We're number one?

    September 11, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  15. bdby

    Couldn't have happen to a nicer guy... You just can't make this stuff up.

    September 11, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  16. Marie MD

    This guy needs psychiatric help and the sooner the better.

    September 11, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  17. JoePub

    That Weiner guy. Keeping it classy.

    September 11, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  18. NY

    Stay Golden Pony Boy

    September 11, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  19. Porn King

    Word is on the street that she was already exposed to HIV in her first adult film. Her career will be very short-lived.

    September 11, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  20. Steve

    Thank you New York. Maybe he will now retreat to the mediocrity from which he came.

    September 11, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  21. marty rogers

    ""I'm here to celebrate. I think he needs some sex therapy," explained Leathers, who is now embracing a career in the porn industry"....a true american! lol

    September 11, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  22. mattski

    She's a piece of work. But I guess he has only himself to blame.

    September 11, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  23. KBNJ

    If this weren't so sad (for both parties and their families) it would be hilarious.

    September 11, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  24. Beans

    No, really. Who gets paid to come up with these article titles?

    September 11, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  25. kirk

    Can this be over now please? I almost feel for the guy, if he flipped off the press sooner he may have done better

    September 11, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
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