September 11th, 2013
01:55 AM ET
11 months 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. MHM

    I now predict a divorce is imminent. This guy sure is a 'winner'!!!

    September 11, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. angel916

    Congrats to John Stewart for calling out all news organizations especially CNN. That sad part is that you people who call yourselfs news reporters are now tabloid reporters. What is ecven worse is that CNN was once respected.

    September 11, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. C. Smith

    Weiners, egg white McMuffins, and Leathers. This stuff just writes itself.

    September 11, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Don

    Weiners exit is symbolic of his life style. Next comes the divorse, then the film deal – "Carlos Danger encounters Leather". x-rated of course.

    September 11, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Weiner Be Gone

    Who the hell voted for this guy? They obviously deserve him. His arrogance proves why we need term limits for all these Weiners.

    September 11, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Sydney Leathers The 'Carlos Danger' Story.

    They will make a movie for showtime for sure .

    September 11, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Meremortal

    Weiner is a great Democrat with class. I mean, just look at his actions and hear his words. It's a shame he won't be mayor of New York, he reflects the city's values perfectly. HIs final picture sums up his love for all Americans! What a selfless man.

    September 11, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. disgruntled_girl

    While Kristy is righr in that they're "really hanging onto those 15 minutes", the question comes down to who?
    Weiner's done. I would not want a politician that could not handle greeting an ex in public. The Repubs would eat him alive. Glenn Beck would eat him alive and Glenn's really only a threat to pudding half the time.

    September 11, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Al

    Stay classy Weiner.

    September 11, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    @jeff, surely you jest.
    Taking away killing machines is more important than taking away voting, civil and personal rights?
    Nobody needs a gun but people do need to do whatever they want with their lives and bodies as long as they re OT hurting themselves or none else.
    In the case of wiener and his skank they are both sickos. She picked the perfect job for a h o like herself. She I going to need Obamacare before too soon with HIV and AIDS running a mock in her new "profession".

    September 11, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @jeff, surely you jest.
    Taking away killing machines is more important than taking away voting, civil and personal rights?
    Nobody needs a gun but people do need to do whatever they want with their lives and bodies as long as they re OT hurting themselves or none else.
    In the case of wiener and his skank they are both sickos. She picked the perfect job for a money grabbing 15 minutes of fame whore like herself. She is going to need Obamacare before too soon with HIV and AIDS running like crazy along the people in her new "profession".

    September 11, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Bill

    Next comes the divorce, and then thankfully, finally, obscurity. He's the kind of arrogant, combative little narcissist that are part of what gives politicians in general a bad name. I wish him all the best in his next career selling something, which appears to be his only redeeming talent.

    September 11, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. anonymous

    i'm going to miss the poster child of the criminal pervert democrat party. but somehow i don't think we have heard the last of carlos danger, man of mystery, intrigue and a loose cannon, if you catch my drift.

    September 11, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. pjoe

    Poor guy. He needs to find another career. He probably could figure out how to leverage all this negative attention & start a reality television show. People enjoy watching train wrecks.

    September 11, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Sandy Jones

    Weiner, once again, likes to make his fingers do the talking – if not texting. Fair to say he is probably a speedy texter.

    September 11, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Name

    Wonder what would have been John Stewart's reaction had this been a Republican? Hmmmmmm

    September 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. PushingBack

    The link that included the words "Weiner party" sure has been a let down!!

    September 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. rtkmd

    Classy guy.

    September 11, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. BOBBY VEE

    Ok Anthony now go sit in the insignificant corner with Sarah and wait for CNN to call.

    September 11, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Bob

    Don't go away mad Weiner. Just go away.

    September 11, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Bill

    Her last chance to have anyone care who she is... Sad girl...

    September 11, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. FiveLIters

    "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. 'I think he needs some sex therapy' explained Leathers, who is now embracing a career in the porn industry.

    No pun intended (OK,maybe just a little),but...who didn't see that one ~coming~?

    September 11, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Bill

    "[Sydney Leathers] is now embracing a career in the porn industry"

    With a name like that, does she have any other options?

    September 11, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    You know why this is a news story? CNN is now throwing silky useless little blips in between the story and the comments.
    What is the difference between wiener taking pictures of his junk and texting versus this cuoco woman, whoever of whatever she is, dating sweeting and having to look at her but* every day for over over a week?
    Sort of like offering a job to the Trayvon Martin's murderer lawyer as a legal advisor. Another slimeball.

    September 11, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. EroStar

    Right on, Smitty~~This story is perfect for a B grade comedy with David Spade, Ronald McDonald, & Miley Cyrus! Rated 'R', of course.

    September 11, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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