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. joe f

    Weiner is an abject disgrace!

    July 28, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. R2dbag

    Guess he just couldn't take any more weiner. Or he wanted a hands off approach on the weiner.

    July 28, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Bob

    Why did he ever take that job in the first place?

    July 28, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. corey

    Weiner needs to quit.

    July 28, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Jason

    Considering Guiliani never got this much heat, I think the press overblew the issue, and unnecessarily endangered Weiner's campaign

    July 28, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. jamie

    His political career is over. His ongoing online sex habits clearly show he is not worthy of a political career. He has pulled the wool over the public's eyes for a long time.

    July 28, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Marc

    The Weiners – yeah, BOTH of 'em – are narcissists in every clinical sense of the word. They can't/won't get it. Denial is a narcissist's best friend.

    When/if they seek help, I hope it's for the sake of their baby son Jason who's otherwise in for a rough childhood ride.

    July 28, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. straighttalk

    Recent event have shown what kind of scum we have for politicians in America. From President Obama down the ranks through the Senate and Congress nothing but one scandal after another taking up Government resources and nothing gets accomplished. We need to get of all of them and clean house. Lets get working folks elected. Down to earth, farmers, craftsmen, engineers, doctors but no more lawyers.

    July 28, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Robert Gemerek

    good, he didn't deserve a second chance as it was and now hopefully this pervert will never hold another public office again. I hope his wife leaves him.

    July 28, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Rlg

    No matter what name you want to call Weiner, he's unfit to be mayor of NYC.

    July 28, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. concerned citizen

    This man's mental state is questionable at best. How could anyone think that he could lead as mayor of NYC when his judgement is deeply flawed. Both he and his wife need help and not on the backs of the tax payers of the greatest city. Hello out there...these people cannot make it in the private sector his wife keeps forgiving him so that she doesn't lose her high on the horse political life this is nothing to do with love and forgiveness. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!! She learned from the mastermind herself Hilary!!!

    July 28, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Kimo

    He dropped to second?? Makes one wonder who the morons are that would still vote for him? Gosh, who would even want to shake this guy's hand?

    July 28, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. alan

    I wonder who Weiner is sexting to today.

    July 28, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. truth in journalism

    Id like to slap that little creep.

    July 28, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. That's just crazy talk

    And now, the end is near
    And so I face the final curtain
    My friend, I'll say it clear
    I'll state my case, of which I'm certain ...

    July 28, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Randy

    A fine example of todays politician. Sickening how America, not only allows these folks to lead them but re-elects them .

    These people and their deviant lives breed apathy within our electoral system thereby giving validity to those that choose to put these dysfunctional humans in office. The level headed voter, either liberal or conservative does not participate when the choice comes from bottom feeding.

    It is certainly an insult to me when the circus is putting up the candidates. No wonder our government is in such disarray, and lacks credibility with the American. Sad indeed, and no change in sight.

    July 28, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Brad

    Take the hint dude!

    July 28, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. chincycoot

    When it comes down to politics as usual in the U.S. this twit is exhibit A.

    July 28, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. ReggieMoto

    Fleeing a sinking ship.

    July 28, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. AgonyF

    Apparently Wiener suffers from Reelection Dysfunction. Maybe Pfizer has a pill for that.

    July 28, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. yoshimoto

    It's not that Wiener is weird, but it's scary as to what he is doing to be second in a race he should not even be in. – he is obviously going to give away the store New Yorkers, and you will pay for it....

    July 28, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Andrew

    I honestly don't get the big deal. Never has so much been made of something where not even a kiss or holding of hands has taken place. Prudishness (at least in public, behind the scenes not so much) is some sort of national disorder.

    His mistake was bowing to it, rather than telling people to get a (sex) life.

    July 28, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Terry

    Although what he does privately shouldnt matter he should know the mental midgets in this country are going to react negatively to those kind of reports.

    July 28, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Arbour

    Character matters! Surprised that he is in second place. Unless the votes in N.Y. only care about what he can do for them.

    July 28, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Joan Wheeler

    Get this guy outta here!!!

    July 28, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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