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. JoeMama

    You can't make this stuff up. How's the Democrat war on women going?

    September 11, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. John

    What a fiasco. Anthony Weiner in the political arena has been like cracking open the door of an adult toy store and peering inside at all the perverts working each other over with all sorts of gadgets. He never cared about people in the sense of trying to make the world a better place, but rather used it merely as a medium through which to engage in sexually perverse behavior.

    September 11, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    He didn't think he actually would win did he after his bafoonery?????

    September 11, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  4. Clarke

    So childish!

    September 11, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. JPS

    Garbage in..... gets you garbage out!

    September 11, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  6. Jeff Cohee

    Well, hopefully we've seen the last of Anthony Weiner. A fitting parting gesture from a candidate who never got it and now will likely never get it either.

    September 11, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  7. Ace

    Hilarious. This tops Nixon's "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore" exit.

    September 11, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  8. Lisa B

    I think that this is hilarious. Good for her. I would have done the same thing.

    September 11, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. Dave Rauschkolb

    Yawn, another power hungry, narcissistic, sociopathic politician bites the dust. He probably should have dropped off an employment application at the McDonalds on the way out. He even ruined his chances at a job when he flipped off the press.

    September 11, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  10. dave

    Keep it classly New York....

    September 11, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  11. Strangways

    what a tool! Now it's off to divorce court...

    September 11, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Wiener flipped a reporter the wiener as he drove off , classic!!!

    September 11, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  13. Don

    This is another Politician that needs to retire from the ever present political scene. The damage is done and the sexting partner has revealed herself. You lost mightelly. Go Hide looser.

    September 11, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  14. scranton

    Flipping people off when he lost, showing was a spoiled little pervert he is.

    September 11, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  15. Don

    That is the way to get rid of crooked politicians. VOTE THEM OUT.

    September 11, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  16. A True Conservative

    Such class from a Democrat....who knew?

    September 11, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  17. Gaberax

    Weiner has officially become a Batman villain.

    September 11, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  18. JJ

    So Leathers got Weiner-blocked by his staff...his security staff that is.

    September 11, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. Siestasis

    What a class act Weiner is – NOT

    September 11, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. mario

    If Anthony Weiner can't find success in politics perhaps he would fare better as a criminal. He appears to be a natural.

    September 11, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. Capt. Oveur

    The sign behind her says "New Egg White Delight", is that the promo for one of her new on-camera productions?

    Somebody please take out the trash.

    September 11, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  22. Jeff

    good riddance .... hopefully we won't have to put up with seeing this degenerate moron taking air time ever again.

    September 11, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  23. yankeemon90

    They're both just awful people...

    September 11, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  24. just me

    Lmao, classy til the end.

    September 11, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  25. leah

    Weiner has no reputation remaining. Reputation is just about everything when running for office.

    September 11, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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