Weiner Concedes: 'I Was an Imperfect Messenger'

Sexting partner tries to crash NYC also-ran's event

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 11, 2013 12:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – While the final result in the Democratic primary for NYC mayor remains unclear, we can finally, finally stick a fork in Anthony Weiner's torturous campaign to run the Big Apple. The scandal-plagued former congressman finished in fifth place with around 5% of the vote. "We had the best ideas. Sadly, I was an imperfect messenger," he said at his concession speech, thanking his family and campaign staff, the Huffington Post reports. Moments after the speech, he flipped off a reporter, according to Politico.

Weiner scored highly in the polls when he entered the race, but his numbers dived and his campaign took a turn for the farcical when it emerged that he had engaged in racy online relationships under the name "Carlos Danger" even after resigning from Congress. Sexting partner Sydney Leathers tried to crash his election night party, saying she wanted to finally meet him in person, reports the New York Daily News. He should have quit the race months ago "just because he's such an embarrassment." she told reporters. "People say I ruined his marriage. He ruined his marriage." Click for some of the Weiner campaign's lowlights.

Sydney Leathers, who engaged in online sex chats with Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner last summer, tries to enter his election gathering place at Connolly's Pub.
Sydney Leathers, who engaged in online sex chats with Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner last summer, tries to enter his election gathering place at Connolly's Pub.   (AP Photo/Jin Lee)
Anthony Weiner makes his concession speech at Connolly's Pub.
Anthony Weiner makes his concession speech at Connolly's Pub.   (AP Photo/Jin Lee)
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