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“Sadly, I was an imperfect messenger,” Anthony Weiner (D-NY) noted tonight in his long-awaited concession speech, perhaps the only honest thing he has ever said:

Anthony Weiner conceded defeat in the race for New York City mayor Tuesday night.

As poll results came in showing the former congressman in distant fifth place, Weiner took to the stage at Connolly’s Pub in Midtown and put an end to a once-promising campaign.

“Now, sadly, we did not win this time,” he said. “But I could not be more proud of the campaign we ran.”

“There’s no doubt about it,” he added. “We have the best ideas. Sadly, I was an imperfect messenger.”

Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a sexting scandal, joined the Democratic mayoral primary earlier this summer. He quickly climbed in the polls, even briefly gaining frontrunner status.

New York magazine adds:

Weiner’s remarked provided an unintentional retrospective of some of his most notorious campaign gaffes. In a reference to that time she called an intern a “slutbag,” Weiner praised spokeswoman Barbara Morgan for “mastering new levels in salty language.” He punctuated an inside joke about the West Indian Day parade with dancehall-style gunshot sounds – “bo, bo, bo” – but wisely skipped the accent. For the penis pun fans, he declared, “we didn’t just do the easy stuff, we did the hard stuff.”

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was nowhere to be seen tonight; the Daily Beast reports that “Conspicuously, Weiner did not mention his wife, Huma Abedin, in his thank-you speech, nor did she appear at his side during the speech.” John Podhoretz noted on Twitter that this does not bode well for the couple’s future, or the lack thereof:

As befits New York’s reigning Master of Disaster, both Weiner’s coming and going from his concession speech were equally spectacular. Business Insider.com notes that Weiner “Sprinted Through A McDonald’s So The Press Wouldn’t See Him Talk To Sydney Leathers”:

Sydney Leathers, a Las Vegas woman with whom he carried on a sexting relationship, crashed his “victory party.” Before Weiner showed up to address supporters at Connolly’s Pub in Midtown, Leathers was hanging out on the sidewalk, waiting to berate him in front of assembled press. His campaign desperately wanted to make sure there wasn’t a confrontation in front of cameras.

Weiner is resourceful, and he had a plan. There’s a McDonald’s next to the bar, with a back door leading to a stairway into the bar’s rear entrance. So Weiner got into his own victory party by sprinting through a McDonalds with the press and Leathers chasing behind him.

And leaving his concession speech, Weiner was caught on video flipping the bird to a New York reporter as he drove away from his flaccid election night performance:


Also tonight, New York affiliate ABC-7 is reporting that former Time-Warner-CNN-HBO spokesman Eliot Spitzer conceded as well:

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer won the Democratic primary for comptroller Tuesday night, ending disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s surprise bid to reclaim his political career.

Stringer had a 52-percent-to-48-percent lead over Spitzer in incomplete and unofficial returns, with 92 percent of precincts reporting.

Spitzer called Stringer to concede, according to Spitzer spokeswoman Lis Smith.

Thus, the stage is set for the long anticipated Weiner-Spitzer 2016 presidential bid. Campaign merchandise is available in the lobby of the bordello.

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(Artwork created based on a modified Shutterstock.com image.)

Update: Auto-play video of Wiener’s concession speech after the page break.

Late Update: Welcome those who clicked in from the Drudge Report and Lucianne.com, and the PJM homepage.

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I think he didn't mention Huma because he was told, "If you bring my name into this again, we're done." Notice she was in the Hamptons, far away.
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Good to see Weiner remain classy to the end.
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We have come to a time in human history where even the most loathsome public figures have no shame in spending time and money to convince a dumbed-down electorate that they have the wisdom and smarts to lead others. Sadly, even egregious acts no longer shock and disgust in the age of Miley Cyrus. Gladly, enough voters with maturity levels beyond kindergarten selected someones else.
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I'm disappointed. He would have been as good a Mayor as Bloomburg.
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Aw, shucks. I guess weiner's just gotta keep his hands in his pockets.
Now his wife can divorce him like she had planned.
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I think he didn't mention Huma because he was told, "If you bring my name into this again, we're done." Notice she was in the Hamptons, far away.
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His political prospects aren't dead! They're merely pining for the fjords!
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Take no offense, folks! He is just informing us of his IQ.
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I have been unemployed since January 2008, surviving on whatever I can get and "overqualified" for most jobs because once I had the audacity of holding an executive position. Meanwhile jerks like Weiner have their choice of positions to apply for. They do not live in fear of being thrown out of their homes. It must be nice to have all those benefits for life after "serving" in government. BHO is right in one thing: we need change. Er need to change things in this country soon.
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I have to admit that I am concerned for Weiner's well being. Huma's very muslim family must recognize the shame and disgrace that Weiner and Huma have heaped upon it.
Some of it may have been the price the muslims paid to have Huma controlling Hillary and Weiner as mayor of NYC. But, now that neither is so, wouldn't it be reasonable to expect Huma's family (the members of which need to be identified so the US public can protect itself) to do something about the shame, disgrace and ridicule that Weiner and Huma have caused it?
I fear for Tony.
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Don't worry. He can't fall any lower than being a Democrat, and a public masturbating Jew married to a poor woman who has no self esteem.
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That is the presidential formula the voters in this country deserve.
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Look close, looks like sindey leathers in wiener's car when he was flipping off the crowd?

I'm still wondering who paid for her new yaboo's....campaign funds is my guess. That's why she had to show up last night in NYC, to make it official she's part of his campaign
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I, for one, am disappointed that the Weiner lost. I think he would have burnished the image of NYC. Hopefully he will find meaningful employment so that his tremendous gifts can be fully utilized for the benefit of all.
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Meaningful employment? Maybe as a test subject for AIDS research...
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