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.

Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Jenny

    Weiner himself should quit this planet.

    July 28, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Derek

    He needs to drop out. This is not someone that should be in public office. If we have an issue with Mark Sanford getting elected to the House after his disgraced tenure as Governor of SC, we should be against this, as well.

    July 28, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. TheScampiCat

    What a pig.

    July 28, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Hammerdown

    I am a hard Left Liberal.
    This guy needs to step down.
    We are starting to look like the GOP.
    That's a bad thing.

    July 28, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. coderjones

    you have to be delusional to be a politician in the first place
    and this guy – is just the proof of that

    July 28, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Kevin

    Inregards to this, Newtown or the Holocaust, and 9-11, I happily mind my own happy business and live a happy life 🙂

    July 28, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Jim Gillam

    Many of our public officials are becoming more and more famous for their bad behavior rather than their leadership qualities. It occurs to me that stricter guidelines should be in place before someone qualifies for a bid for public office. At this point, I know of on one who takes Anthony Wiener seriously as a mayoral candidate. Instead the discussion hovers around his acknowledged sexual misdeeds and what his wife must be going thru. In my opinion, he disrespects every American.

    July 28, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. john

    How low can we get to even consider this low life as a candidate for any public office. He needs psychiatric treatment.

    July 28, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Martha

    I like this guy - he's passionate, smart and a good fighter. Just the kind of guy you want on your team, but I can't defend him on this. He needs to drop out.

    July 28, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. budshot

    Weiner needs to drop out. His record while he was in Congress is pretty abysmal. He was all talk and no action. And he's lied too much. There are far better people to run the city for the citizens of NYC.

    July 28, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. RalphW

    I wonder: was the departure a matter of principle or of concern for a stain on his resume?

    July 28, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. davidp44022

    I'm hoping there's only two Democratic candidates, because if he even has any support those people are obviously not paying attention.

    July 28, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Ralph_in_FL

    Did the campaign manager quit as a matter of principle or out of concern that working for Weiner would tarnish his resume?

    July 28, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. roooodi

    turn out the lights, the party's over

    July 28, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Name peter

    What a pig, this weiner

    July 28, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. ghost

    This manager knew about all of those things. If he did not approve he should never had agreed to be his manager. Creep!

    July 28, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. CarlosDangerous

    It took him this long?

    July 28, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. scooter

    Time to put it away weenie

    July 28, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. JohnRJohnson

    I have always like Anthony Weiner. He's a highly intelligent, articulate and aggressive legislator. But he obviously has a serious psychological issue going on in side him and he doesn't belong in public office. He also shouldn't be married, especially to such an amazing lady.

    July 28, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Charlie

    Weiner is a perfect fit for NYC, a lewd, crude politician whose liberal philosophy of do what I say not do as I do exemplifies liberal democratic politicians. I can't think of a better place for Weiner to be the mayor than NYC.

    July 28, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. tomntucson

    When Weiner says sexting is behind him I figure his phone is in his back pocket.

    July 28, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. denis

    time for him to put all his energy into starting a womens clothing company..

    July 28, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. tet1953

    He should save his wife and his party further embarrassment and fade away. And this is from someone who is definitely not GOP.

    July 28, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. penguin

    I guess even pigs can't change its spots. Weiner hasn't changed and needs to run away from politics. What a sorry loser

    July 28, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. tet1953

    He should save his wife and his party further embarrassment and just fade away. And this is from someone who is definitely not GOP.

    July 28, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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