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Anthony Weiner got the last word on the matter of his failed New York City mayoral campaign and unfortunately, like his sexting shots, it wasn't a flattering one.
The disgraced ex-congressman was taped flipping the bird to a curbside reporter as he left his primary election night party. This after a disastrous last place finish, having earning just 5 percent of the democratic vote as surging progressive candidate Bill de Blasio topped all rivals.
The rude gesture was captured by a slew of journalists who subsequently tweeted about it and marks a sad epithet to Weiner's mayoral ambitions.
"We had the best ideas," the grim-faced politician told supporters in his concession speech at Manhattan's Connolly's Pub and Restaurant. "Sadly, I was the imperfect messenger."
At one point, Weiner was the front-runner in the race and well on his way to resurrecting his political career after his 2011 sexting scandal forced him to give up his seat in the House of Representatives. However, support bottomed out after his-year-old sexting pal Sydney Leathers went public with news that Weiner continued to trade lewd explicit photos with her under the pseudonym Carlos Danger well after his resignation.
But perhaps even more difficult for the brash lawmaker, his wife, Huma Abedin—one of Hilary Clinton's top aides who stood by her hubby in July following the latest revelations—was nowhere to be seen Tuesday night and neither was their 21-month-old son.
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And making matters even more humiliating, according to CNN, around 11 p.m. Weiner was forced to delay his concession speech and sneak into his own party after Leathers turned up outside the venue wearing a skintight red dress and platform black pumps hoping to finally meet in person the man whose career she derailed.
"I'm outside of Weiner headquarters just as a reminder of his impulse control problems and why he shouldn't be mayor. I'm a physical reminder of that," Leathers, who's since embraced a career in porn in the wake of her 15 minutes of fame, told ABC News. "I just felt that it was necessary for me to be here as a reminder of why the people of New York shouldn't vote for him and shouldn't take him seriously, unless they want a mayor 'Carlos Danger.'"
Weiner evaded Leathers just barely by entering a McDonald's next door that had a connecting door to Connolly's. However, not before Leathers led a gaggle of press in hot pursuit of the politician before security could block them.
Perhaps Weiner's one-finger salute is understandable given the circumstances.