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. tehheh

    Sally Quinn was commenting about Weiner's wife. Worst person to be asked to comment. She's a husband stealer: Ben Bradlee was married when he started up with her. So her opinion about a wife standing by her husband is highly clouded at best. And she's a well-known hater of the Clintons. Mrs. Weiner worked for Hillary Clinton. Quinn only has power because she slept with a powerful man.

    July 28, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Mark

    Good for you Danny! The Weiner's need to get some professional help!

    July 28, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Ellen

    The hypocrisy of the media on this issue is beyond belief. I see Anthony Weiner as a talented but flawed politician. Unlike Bill Clinton, AW has never been accused of sexual harassment (this latest woman was certainly a very willing participant). He didn't lie under oath or smear the women involved like Clinton minions did when they called Monica a stalker. Yet the media is universally condemning him, while they gave Clinton a pass on everything. I'm a liberal Democrat who is disgusted with the double standard!

    July 28, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Loathstheright

    Unlike Republicans who love to vote for felons and criminals, we Democrats do not approve of even slight offensives as Weiner did, not illegal, but just not something we support in our politicians.

    July 28, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. john

    Likely did not want to be dragged down by a Wiener.

    July 28, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Steveo

    Unlike Republicans who love to vote for felons and criminals, we Democrats do not approve of even slight offensives as Weiner did, not illegal, but just not something we support in our politicians.
    Who then voted for Jesse Jackson, Jr and who is supporting Elliot Spitzer? My guess is it is not and was not Republicans.

    July 28, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. are122

    CNN never seems to mention those running against this guy. Are they any better?

    July 28, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. James

    Mr. Weiner, do the honorable thing and drop out of the race.

    July 28, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. BD70

    He would be writing the laws....or at least enforcing them. If teachers are fired for this kind of behavior then who is he? As one ex public employee in the education system so aptly pointed out.

    July 28, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. DC Observer

    It is now rumored that Antony Weiner and attorney General Eric Holder are going to be on the same ticket and run in the 2016 Presidential primary. We will soon see bumper stickers -- Vote for the weiner holder.

    July 28, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. davecu

    Apparently, even a lawyer has a line they just won't cross!

    July 28, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. fdal

    Definition of Weiner :

    Wasteful piece of garbage walking on earth !

    July 28, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Jocho Johnson

    He should just find work in the porno industry

    July 28, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. reocnmarine

    Be careful New York. An out of control Weiner can be a dangerous thing.

    July 28, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. well

    the choices for the new yorkers are, a delusional combative zionist liar or an ugly presstitute pimped by bloomberg for wall street pervsl. New York, you deserve it.

    July 28, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. TAZ

    This Weiner is perfect for porn! Wonder if he's ever thought of that. He's the perfect material for the industry. And the name is just a foretelling of what he grows up to be. Weiner, follow your destiny!

    July 28, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. James Poster

    Take it easy on him. He's just Wienering.

    July 28, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. JimNasium

    His manager has no balls.

    July 28, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Jeff6187

    Wiener is not very upstanding! Ouch!

    July 28, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Cyn507

    Too bad wiener doesn't have as much sense or class as his campain manager.

    July 28, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. dave morris

    at least someone in that campaign has good sense....and I say that as a Democrat and a fairly liberal one. Follow your campaign manager, jerkface, and leave the campaign.

    July 28, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Back at ya

    My gawd man, give it a rest! You are wasting you money campaigning. You're a public joke not a contender for public office. Your poor wife!

    July 28, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. Jobu

    What, does he sext his staff too?!

    July 28, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Hubert Boyd

    Can someone please give me a (rational) reason for voting for this man? He would still come in a survivor for the runoff election per the last poll. Some still support him, and I just wonder who, and why?

    July 28, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Skeptic

    "Campaign manager quits"

    Now it's time for Weiner to do the same.

    July 28, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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