September 11th, 2013
01:55 AM ET
1 year 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. Mark

    Such a classy guy. And yes Mr. Weiner, you are being judged. All of America is judging you because you put your crap "out there."

    September 11, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. dillweed7

    I predict a short career.

    September 11, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. us_1776

    Strange dude.

    .

    September 11, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Eric B

    I want this man in office he is too fun to let fade into the night

    September 11, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. BO

    The circus continues.

    September 11, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. Scott Carey

    Obviously , Wiener is an idiot, but is it my imagination or are the women involved in these scandals getting alot more greasier?Most of them used to give press conferences surrounded by lawyers...dressed lady like at least.This one stood on a street corner in a red dress and then chased her sexting bud through a Mcdonalds??!

    September 11, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. JQP1122

    Weiner did what he did out of weakness. Ms. Leathers is doing what she is doing out of spite and opportunity.

    I have little respect for either but if pressed I have more respect for Anthony than I do Ms. Leathers. Her 15 minutes is up, go away already.

    September 11, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. danita

    This man truly needs help...

    September 11, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Shmrockrancher

    Every now and then, you get just a little good news.

    September 11, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. Booger

    That's pretty funny.

    September 11, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. beth

    Leathers is classless. But at least she's got a porn career to fall back on.

    September 11, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    You should have pulled out, Weiner. Now just go away.

    September 11, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Bigdoglv

    I this is the end of this classless piece of excrement.

    September 11, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Cwhat'sNew

    Any city deserves a real candidate with real characters for real issues. For any future candidates, please do not confuse the campaign stage if you are a clown. Bye-forever.

    September 11, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. JDM

    Back in the good old days a NY mayoral candidate could have people in his corner that would have "taken care" of his little problem before it even started.

    September 11, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. goober

    how can you not help but love this guy- anybody remember the old Sad Sack comic strip? Weiner is a double
    He did provide a lot of comic relief in our troubled times- we must thank him for that

    September 11, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. Michael

    Ah, how the mighty have fallen ... on his own ... sword ... no less. Priceless. But she looks hot ...

    September 11, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. Myopin

    Even though I have no respect for Weiner, that girl needs a restraining order filed against her. She is just as much at fault as he is. What a foolish man, I'm glad he is suffering the consequences of his misdeeds. I'm also tired of the media glamorizing woman who have s- x with married men. It is deplorable behavior as is a man, any man, sending naked photos of himself. Both these individuals lack character and all Weiners wife is doing by staying with him is co-signing his misdeeds.

    September 11, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. jonny

    Worst sugarbaby ever. Sorry excuse for a human being. This girl is wasting valuable, food, air and water... as well as space on the sidewalk.

    September 11, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. greennnnnn

    Oh gawd. Both of them are disgusting beings. Blech.

    September 11, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Michael

    what a joke he is. thank god his career is over, but i guess there are enough idiots in this world that he came this far

    September 11, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Jeff

    One of the biggest stories in America today and CNN ignores it in order to talk about iPhones, Weiner and other unimportant news. Could it be that it flies into the face of their agenda: Colorado voters recall two state senators, including the senate president, because of their anti-gun legislation support. It's starting America, legislators should be scared for their jobs due to taking citizen's rights away.

    September 11, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. ML

    I guess I will be the 1st to point out the McDonald's sign in the window.

    September 11, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. Ohblamah

    hahhahhahha goodbye you strange, strange man. I hope our eyes and ears are never again punished by your persona.

    September 11, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. Obamaisasocialist

    The guy has lost his mind and it is quite humorous at this point. BUt, not nearly as funny as the fact he is STILL running for mayor!

    September 11, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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