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. Kristy

    Really hanging onto those 15 minutes, aren't we? Just pathetic and desperate.

    September 11, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Derek

    Both are fine examples of upstanding American's

    September 11, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. zjmullen2013

    Oh man, these headlines. It just never ceases to crack me up.

    BRB going to crash a weiner party myself.

    September 11, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    CNN aka Fox-lite.... You deserve a pat on the back also for a job well done! From the moment he was announced a front runner you did everything in your power to bring him down.

    Well done Fox-lite!!

    September 11, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Nogimus Prime

    Sydney Leathers is playing a potentially dangerous game. Luckily for her Weiner's wife seems to have no pride. I know a lot of midwestern girls that would've punched the snot out of Sydney, or worse, for showing up after finding out she'd been sexting their husband. Overall though, a great end to Weiner's bizarre legacy. Hollywood worthy.

    September 11, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Women are People too

    It's true. You just can't make this stuff up.

    September 11, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. AC

    She was soooooooo hurt and insulted.

    September 11, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. DHD

    You can't blame the Weiner. He was only showing his IQ which I think was greatly inflated.Wonder how soon Huma bails

    September 11, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Keeping it classy, one democrat at a time.

    September 11, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. samuel

    two things that stick career politics and porn.

    September 11, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Lauradet

    Leather, no one is interested in you at all so just go away to your porn industry.

    September 11, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. jamie

    Weiner, you are finished. Get out of politics and get a job somewhere quiet where you will not be an embarrassment to your wife and family.

    September 11, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. twophad

    At least, now that he's gone, Sydney Leathers will not be showing up in our news anymore...Right, CNN? Right???????

    September 11, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. littljohnny

    This guy shows his true colors every time he forgets he's in the public eye. He is truly mentally ill.

    September 11, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Michele

    Well, I suppose there's the book deal but that was a final, fitting moment to an otherwise ho-hum political career.

    September 11, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. hillman1

    This girl is a lowlife

    September 11, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. audrey poore

    Is there a name for the mental illness of women that have affairs with powerful men just for attention?

    September 11, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Boo

    Weiner actually believed he had a chance in this election. I have never seen such arrogance. Talk about deluded! Unbelievable!

    September 11, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Charles

    he's a New York Democrat... what else would you expect??

    September 11, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Stza

    Weiner shouldnt be portrayed as the bad guy here. If anything this should work for his favor, why else would this woman show up where she had no business being. For her 15 minutes and to make her the story once again. Id flip off everyone too.

    September 11, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Jean

    Is there a name for the mental illness that Weiner has with his perverted obsession with his own body and his perverted need to act like a pubescent little boy?

    September 11, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Winston Smith

    What a class act he is, to be sure.

    September 11, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. bob

    Dang. She's hot.

    September 11, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. angel916

    You know what is sad is that she doesn't realize that she is a joke and forever will be. No go off into your new career
    as a porn star ... make your family proud

    September 11, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Steven Colo

    I'm a Democrat. If you Republicans want this guy, let us know. He's free. We'll even pay you to take him.

    September 11, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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