July 28th, 2013
09:57 AM ET
10 years ago

More bad news for Weiner: Campaign manager quits

(CNN) - Days after Anthony Weiner admitted to lewd chats with women online, his campaign manager quit, Weiner and his campaign said Sunday.

Danny Kedem's departure is the latest sign Weiner's New York City mayoral bid is struggling amid allegations of online sexual impropriety. After the chats and photographs became public Tuesday, a poll showed him dropping to second place among Democratic candidates for mayor and his favorable numbers plummeting.

"Danny has left the campaign," Weiner told CNN affiliate NY1. "He did a remarkable job."

Praising the "excellent staff" remaining in his organization, Weiner said more volunteers had flocked to his bid in the last few days than at any point since his campaign began.

"This isn't about the people working on the campaign, it's about the people that we're working for," he said.

Kedem, a 31-year-old operative who previously worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, declined comment in an e-mail to CNN.

Weiner first acknowledged Tuesday that he did not stop sending raunchy online chats to women when he left Congress in 2011. That resignation was prompted by allegations from several women that Weiner had sent them lewd photographs of himself.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, the Democrat said he couldn't say for sure how many more women might come forward.

"There are a few. I don't have a specific number for you," Weiner said.

Pressed to provide a guess as to how many online relationships occurred after his resignation, Weiner said, "I don't believe I had any more than three."

He has resisted calls from his rivals to withdraw from the mayor's race, saying the decision of whether he's trustworthy enough for the job should be up to voters.

His chief rival for the Democratic nomination, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, stopped short of calling for his withdrawal from the mayor's race Sunday but lambasted his actions as generating further distrust in government.

"I think it's become very clear that former Congress member Weiner has a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth and a real lack of maturity and responsibility," Quinn said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I don't think he should be mayor, and I think voters, if he stays in the race, will make that very clear."

On Friday, Weiner indicated he may stop answering questions altogether about his online relationships.

"There's going to reach a point fairly soon that I'm going to say I think I've said enough about it, and I'm going to keep just talking about other things," he told reporters on Staten Island.

CNN's Chris Kokenes and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. DH

    Who trust a guy named Weiner anyways. He should of went into porn lol.

    July 29, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. dashguy

    Leave him alone. You know you are doing the same thing when your wife is in the other room. Thank God you figured out how to delete the "history" of websites visited.

    July 29, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Uncle Sam

    Anthony has resigned himself to fact he can now only text pictures to himself. What a sad state of affairs.

    July 29, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. dion

    Hes in 2ND PLACE?? I think weiner dude is doing good if that. You would think that he would be DEAD LAST! I can't imagine with a campaign that is currently working he is in 2nd. Kinda of a disappointment and reveal of the NY mentality

    July 29, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Bill

    This guy is perfect fit for NY and Democraps!

    July 29, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Janice

    "Danger, danger Will Robinson". ADDICT! ADDICT! ADDICT! He's bad now, but if he gets elected, watch out! It's only going to get worse. Even worse than this, he's making a joke of it. Well, it's not funny. The mayor of New York City carries much power. How much of Weiner's time will be spent holding his...., you know where I'm going with this. WAKE UP! WAKE UP NEW YORK CITY DEMOCRATS.

    July 29, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. CNeder

    Clinton needs to get out there and campaign for him. It's a match made with girls in blue dresses hiding under the desk.

    July 29, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. mel

    I assume you're not being ironic, because of your "name", but really, you should be joking. How about Mayor Marion Barry, the crackhead? Or NY Senator John Sampson? Or Florida's Alcee Hastings? Or Slick Willy? You might want to get off your high horse. It's put your head in the clouds.

    July 29, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Jupitom

    Anthony Weiner is an embarassment – not just to NYers, not just to politicians, but to ALL MEN! My GOD Mr. Weiner, are you really that arrogant and ignorant that you believe your personal actions don't reflect on your work? I don't care what deal you may have with your wife. You just got thrown out of Congress for a behavior that you continued???? If you couldn't figure out that your behavior was the cause of your demise, then how do you expect people to believe that you can figure out what is right or wrong as Mayor?

    STAY in the race. That way we can all enjoy watching you get demoralized in your loss. Maybe THAT will teach you to stay out of politics (I doubt anything will teach you anything!)

    July 29, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. M

    We need an elected court jester. This guy would be a shoe in. I think he's hilarious.

    July 29, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. jimmyjam

    Said it before, will say it again. Find rock, crawl under, expire.

    July 29, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. MollyBee

    Dear New York Democrats, Please find a mayoral candididate that won't and hasn't sent pictures of his weinie to women over the internet. A Democrat

    July 29, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Harry

    I can't believe his name is Weiner...ha-ha-ha-ha

    July 29, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Rick

    Give it up already. Why can't this guy can't see that he is very unpopular.

    July 29, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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