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. jim

    When he had the nerve to try to make a come back, I thought he was at least a decent guy... I am obviously a bad judge of peoplel.

    September 11, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Linden Pike

    This man needs therapy

    September 11, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. goodie2shoes

    THIS JUST IN– a closer study revealed that it was not his middle finger he was flipping out the window.

    September 11, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Dick Delson

    I'm a Democrat. This guy is dumber than George Bush. He should just go away.

    September 11, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. Lee

    What a fitting end to his bid for mayor. Anything different would not have done it justice.

    September 11, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. mickey

    the McDonalds ad placement with the arrow pointing to Ms.Leathers is hilarious.

    September 11, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Data Driven

    This has become like watching a married couple argue heatedly in public. At some point, you gotta turn away.

    Now that this election is over, I'd say that time is now, CNN.

    September 11, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Rooster

    So Weiner is a weirdo – so what. My concern is why do we celebrate Leathers and her ilk? Is this what passes for news and society today?

    September 11, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Gerry Daley

    What a class act.

    September 11, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. bxgrrl

    He did it to himself. Coulda been a contenda.

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

    Tasteless and classless to the end. He shouldn't have avoided the young lady after all he is going to need a job.

    September 11, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Chaz

    what did he THINK was going to happen?

    September 11, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Rock Reynolds

    Finally – some entertaining news.

    September 11, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. P.F.G. "Creep" Doggie Log

    Weiner's a real class act, and peer-reviewed studies have shown repeatedly that Robb really is a dingbat.

    September 11, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Borderless

    The former mayoral candidate and the opportunistic porn star who's names don't really matter anymore can now fade into obscurity where they belong.

    September 11, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Miss Trixie

    The feeling is entirely mutual, Mr. Weiner.

    September 11, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Slartybartfast

    What a classy guy

    September 11, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Adam

    The funny thing about being a porn star... the girls only last about 2 to 3 years at most. Unless you are truly talented or have a unique sexy trait/look/talent/calling/etc. This girl will be pushed under the bus once this is over. Then she will have one hell of a time finding a real job. Wiener is a destroyer of souls and lives!!!! LOL.

    September 11, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. pointless1

    Stay classy Weiner!

    September 11, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Oscar Pitchfork

    Weiner HAS to be the bigest dick (no pun intended) in the history of Politics. Did he REALLY think he'd get elected?

    September 11, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. D.

    I hope the public never gives him a chance to serve and that his wife wizes up and leaves him. He is classless and will never change. I can't believe anyone voted for him.

    September 11, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Tom Barkoukis

    Don't blame him for his parting gesture. Reporters are often unscrupulous, self-serving & insensitive. Driven into a feeding frenzy at someone elses misfortune. Of course, he never should have tried to run for office again. Still, being a bumbling idiot never stopped others. Look where it got George W!

    September 11, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Natrldiver

    It is wonderful to see that Weiner will probably never get back into politics. The larger of his two tiny brains sent his political career into a tailspin. As for Miss Leathers, I guess going from a no name to a porn star will work, but it is not a valued career. You will get your spotlight and quick fixes for cash, but once the industry is done with you and tosses you out like a used condom, what else will you have?

    September 11, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Mariann

    Flipping the bird doesn't do anything. I laugh when someone does that to me. LOL makes them madder than hell LOL

    September 11, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Glad He's Out

    Now he should *permanently* retire from politics and devote his time to take care of his hormonal needs!

    September 11, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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