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. Mark

    If he really had learned from his mistake the first time, perhaps some voters might have given him the benefit of the doubt; but to find he continued doing the same thing leaves me to think this campaign is all but done.

    July 29, 2013 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  2. Carlos Danger

    Come on peeps! I made a mistake and tweeted pictures of my WMD. We have all been there. I still make a great politician.

    July 29, 2013 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  3. PoBoy

    I can't believe that 16 percent of NY voters say that will still vote for him. Weiner is a problem, but 16 percent of NY voters are a bigger problem!

    July 29, 2013 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  4. Steve

    He looks like the old dude on The Simpsons......smithers or something like that. Could be his twin.

    July 29, 2013 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  5. RDM

    Does anyone else find it stranger that most of the people talking about he should jump out of the race are not even from NYC? How about the media stay out of it and leave it up to the voters of NYC? Clearly the powers to be don't want him in the race....no one is even talking about the issues that NYC has that need to be addressed. The only thing folks seem to be worried about is some naked pics he sent over his phone? Who cares? If his wife doesn't care, why should I? If he's a problem solver and will manage the city better, I could care less what he does in his personal time.

    July 29, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  6. Tom

    I hope he wins.

    July 29, 2013 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  7. Scott

    Rarely seen in American politics, a complete dufus still able to stay in the race. Weiner's mistakes, I have to chuckle. They remind of Spaceballs when Drak Helmet takes Lonestar's ring, and laughs. I mean, how stupid can you be? Obviously Weiner was left out of the loop as far as internet "spying" because after getting caught once, he has kept on. I feel bad for his wife.

    July 29, 2013 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  8. Scott

    @ Loathes: Barney Frank, Bill Clinton. 'nuff said.

    July 29, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  9. Andrew

    Never has so much been made out of something where not even a kiss has taken place. Not even a holding of the hands.

    Prudishness and sexual repression is a national mental disorder.

    July 29, 2013 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  10. For the Duration

    Weiner has my vote. Anyone who can withstand the negative vibe of this fallout and still want to carry on seeking public office has the true gall of an American politician. Gave proof through the night, that his flag was still there. God bless the empire state.

    July 29, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  11. bankrupt to student loans

    he doesn't look healthy

    July 29, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  12. sundara0000

    This guy even being in the race at all is a big joke.

    July 29, 2013 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  13. Don in Afghanistan

    It's amazing how even a text offender like this bozo thinks he's done nothing wrong and truly believes he has support. I don't think he has real chance anyway, but you gotta admire his "staying power".

    July 29, 2013 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  14. lol

    LOL, Is Ugly Huma sill rooting for her man? 😉

    July 29, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  15. BO

    Weinet should quit too.

    July 29, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  16. liberal disease

    Why doesn't Obama call him and make him quit? oh right nobody listens to Obama anymore except the press

    July 29, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  17. MightyMoo

    Time to give up being in politics and get a regular job since someone can't keep it in their pants.

    July 29, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  18. John

    This_moron's problems are far from over. To boldly trudge forward in pursuit of a political office while posting sexually suggestive photos of himself online is a brand of arrogance that is finding less tolerance by the people.

    His political career is over. The only one who doesn't yet realize it is Anthony Weiner.

    July 29, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  19. one11one

    The problem is, you don't want a scenario where has to handle a 911 type crisis while also dealing with his latest sexting escapade.

    July 29, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  20. 1Adam12

    Go away loser politician.

    July 29, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  21. picky

    He's toast !!!!

    July 29, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  22. jasmine

    This guy needs to wake up to reality and quit allready...pathetic

    July 29, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  23. thetruthhhh

    Being that I'm actually over the age of 12 emotionally I could care less what he did sexually in the first place let alone after. So what that he likes what he likes and is it really that astonishing he lied about it. This country is embarrassing. He did an excellent job when in office and once again here comes the naughty parts to make everyone freak out. It should have never been a big deal in the first place. Most of you should worry about your own weak sex lives.

    July 29, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  24. david shoup

    he leaves a victim in all of this................his wife

    July 29, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. leah

    Anthony Weiner never had anything to begin with...and now all this nonsense he wants to force the people to have to deal with. That's not just sick – that's stupid. Quit, Weiner, and let the other (D) carry the torch.

    July 29, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
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