Anthony Weiner's team planned to hold a typical, unremarkable concession party with supporters in a midtown Irish pub Tuesday night, but even in its final hours, the Weiner campaign didn't go as planned. NY1's Lindsey Christ has the story, with exclusive video on what happened at the end of it all.
The concession party felt like a circus, just like the campaign often had.
First, Sydney Leathers showed up. She's the woman who publicized her online relationship with Anthony Weiner in July, effectively torpedoing his campaign for mayor.
They'd never met in person. She, and her publicity team, decided that primary night was the right night.
"Why not be here?" she said. "I mean, I changed the course of the race, so I feel like it's only appropriate."
She camped out next to the only entrance to the Midtown Irish pub, posing for photos as Weiner supporters filed past her.
Aides eventually spread the word that Weiner was already inside, and snuck him into the bar through a neighboring McDonald's.
The once-front runner was the first mayoral candidate to concede.
"We had the best ideas. Sadly, I was an imperfect messenger," he said. "And you know what? When I would travel around, when sometimes things got a little dicey on the campaign and I'd go to a subway stop or I'd go to a concert or a church service, sometimes, people would come up to me and they'd wrap their arms around me or they'd pull me close to whisper in my ear or they'd take my hand and they'd say, 'Don't quit.' Well, there was never any quit in this campaign. No one was going to let this campaign quit. It started with my family, who is here today."
But while his mother was there, his wife was not. Huma Abedin hadn't been seen on the campaign trail since defending him right after his relationship with Sydney Leathers surfaced.
When Abedin did not accompany Weiner to the polls Tuesday morning, the campaign said it was because of a minor Board of Elections "snafu" that threw off their voting schedule. Aides then said Abedin would attend the concession speech, but that was before Leathers showed up.
So after speaking, Weiner quickly greeted supporters, then left alone. As he rushed into a car, his security team scuffled with reporters. Weiner's response was a raised middle finger, through the car window, just before driving off.