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. Reddog9500

    Say goodbye Mr. Weiner. Your time is up.

    September 11, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. Lvsam

    Epic. And you guys have so many headline options you really should come up with something more eye-catching.

    September 11, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. mike

    He was just pointing out that America is number one .lol.

    September 11, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  4. Smarter than ewe

    He sure has the right name for the game he's been playing.

    September 11, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  5. kent r. sailer

    What a class(less) character thank God he didn't become Mayor . Want to feel sorry for his family but they apparently are O.K. with his behavior. His wife is to be pitied for going along with the marriage (no self respect).

    September 11, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  6. DJLugoff

    OMG the guy is insane and so is his sexting partner. Oh Weiner just go away we do not need to see you again. Oh yes, you take Spitzer with you.

    September 11, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. Wake up People!

    Hopefully this will be a lesson to you Anthony. You may be a great guy, you might have even made a great mayor, but if you plan on being in the public eye, at least keep your pants up dude. The media are rabid wolves that salivate at the first smell of blood. Not once did I hear anyone talk about the good things you accomplished while you were in office, the only thing anyone talked about was your sexting. You have no one to blame but yourself. I've said it before and I'll say it again, just because your name is Weiner that doesn't mean you need to show everyone yours.

    September 11, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  8. Government Waste Rules

    Stay classy Weiner.

    September 11, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. Anchorman

    To Leathers: Why don't you go back to your home on whore island?

    September 11, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  10. PileOfSteamingPolitician

    Maybe Weiner will follow his sexting partner's lead and join the porn wolrd. He'd probably fail there too,

    September 11, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. Vader

    Sad.. sad.. sad...

    September 11, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. James Brolon

    A fitting-end. Whatever political adviser convinced him to enter and stay in this race should never be hired again.

    September 11, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Poor guy. Something told me yesterday that his concession speech would be an extension of his campaign: out of the ordinary.

    September 11, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  14. LAURA

    OMG please drop out of the mayoral race and quit making a mockery of it. You are an embarrassment to NYC.

    September 11, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. Bob

    How was he ever elected to anything?

    September 11, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  16. LMR

    Weiner's problem was the press and his big mouth. The press would not leave him alone and he didn't see a reporter he didn't like until last night. They both got what they deserved on election night.

    September 11, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. Seriously...

    Could this possibly be the last we hear of Weiner? Dare to dream....

    September 11, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. Ugh

    Her mom must be so proud.

    September 11, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. DasHoobert

    Pig. Both of them.

    September 11, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. James R Hoffa

    Nice... A fitting end to this degenerates campaign.

    September 11, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    OK CNN. You can stop with the Leather coverage now. Weiner is history. So too is his sexting lover.
    Let her go on to her second career choice without dragging CNN into the same gutter she and Weiner dug for themselves.

    September 11, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. Conrad Shull

    What's so astounding is that there were people who DID vote for him.

    September 11, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  23. GubnitSPY

    no comment needed.

    September 11, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  24. hecep

    5% of the vote. 5%. Weiner's only option now is to follow Sydney into her line of work, although he would have to change his name. Too campy... even for the adult entertainment industry.

    September 11, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Daniel Dubrowski

    Um, a Weiner party? I think we went to one of those last weekend....

    September 11, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
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