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.

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soundoff (435 Responses)
  1. hemusbull

    Reminds me a movie about his sexing life and the Weiner is played by "experienced politician" Steve Carell...I wish it, Holywood!

    September 11, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. NJmike

    He made his bed, now its time to sleep in it. That said, am I the only one who thinks she's a fat nasty pig? I'm sure there is a market for chubby chasers in the porn world, but it must be a small one. Oh Carlos Danger, thank you for entertaining us

    September 11, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. mom

    What a tacky, ridiculous young "lady" .....and a ridiculous situation. Mr. W did the same thing with his phone that millions of others are now doing. But he wanted to be a public figure. Such antics are too easy to use against someone these days.. There's a ton of hypocrisy these days all over the place. People are doing this crazy phone stuff everywhere. I wonder if there is anybody that learned anything from this tawdry little situation. Just more modern life drivel.

    September 11, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. tiffinS

    Another corrupt hate filled Dem bites the dust...

    September 11, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. gerald

    it would of been the perfect ending to his campaign if it would have been a weinersnitzel instead of a mcdonalds he had to sneak through...

    September 11, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Jim

    Bill Clinton's escapades make what Weiner did seem like harmless fun, and he's the darling of the Democratic Party. What do you call the slimy stuff that makes slime more slimy?

    September 11, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. RandyMarshCT

    What a shame. His wife is SMOKING HOT!

    September 11, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. chris

    What a classy guy. Going out on top!

    September 11, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. So Close Yet No Cigar

    Owwww, you know, it has to hurt a lot to have been that close to being New York's next Mayor! He was clearly the front runner and on top in the polls! If he had only played his cards right he could be sitting in the Mayor's chair right now and all would be well. Ah, but blame it on the power of the kitty-cat to bring a good man down. Works each time! Meee-Owwww!!

    September 11, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Glenn

    Why would he want to talk to you? You helped to ruin his life.

    September 11, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. are122

    Well, such is the life of a democratic politician.

    September 11, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. TTommy

    Hilarious. Those two deserve each other. Desperate for media attention and low morals. Justice has been served.

    September 11, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. thedude

    K he is not a good dude, but she is a crazy tramp. seriously!

    September 11, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. rpm

    now fade away. Your 15 minutes are over.

    September 11, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Bill

    Egg White Delight – Egg McMuffin over her head. Nice touch...

    September 11, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Goose66

    Classy to the end!

    September 11, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. DaveNYUSA

    That Weiner even THOUGHT he had a chance shows how bent his judgement is.

    September 11, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Crocker

    Can we NOW finally say once and for all: GOOD RIDDANCE?

    September 11, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. JohnParry

    Anthony...the scorn of a woman. Maybe you should have your wife talk to make her leave you alone.

    September 11, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Justin

    I think this is pretty ridiculous. Although he may have sexted this woman, who cares. It in no way impacts his ability to govern. There are plenty of bad husbands/wives that are good at their jobs. As a mayor I have no idea how we would have been, but what I do know is his ability to do that job is separate from this issue. And this porn lady is just starved for attention. I think she needs counseling.

    September 11, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Really.

    Weiner has been and is nothing short of delusional. He has a serious addiction that he clearly can not control evidenced by his seeming intentional sabotage of his own campaign. The guy has been unraveling in recent weeks and his outburst only evidence that mounting problem as well. He needs to step out, enroll in treatment, decide how much more he's going to abuse his wife by this behavior before she finally decides to give up on him. I get people who make the best effort to stand by their spouse in a bad situation but if the guilty party keeps abusing that support it does go away. I see him alone on the subway muttering like a mad man in coming years if he doesn't get help.

    September 11, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Founder

    And Weiner's uber-ego fueled circus finally closes with a flaccid final act...Adios, Carlos! Adios....

    September 11, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Larry Love

    At least this time when he "flipped the bird" it was his finger

    September 11, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. jayb18

    As crazy as this sounds, i feel a little sorry for the guy.

    September 11, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. dooodoooo

    Nice to see that little weasel out of the game

    September 11, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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