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. uni4mgy

    Look at the mans past performance, look at the people presently backing him for office and those who are for him and then decide who to call stupid!!

    July 28, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Free Mann in the Republic of Texas

    FORWARD >>> >>>

    Perfect fit for NYC

    July 28, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. dick Delson

    I'm a lifelong Democrat. I would not shakes this creep's hand. I feel sorry for his wife. Why she stays with him is beyond me.

    July 28, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. John R

    What is wrong with the people? ..Are the New Yorkers looking for a Pope? . If Anthony has done something awful then the aggrieved parties should seek redressal through the courts of law. If his policies are good for all then elect him.

    July 28, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. John R

    New York has lots of other things to look for ...stop the mugging ..go after the muggers...clean the city and make it safer for residents and visitors ..Since when is it a city of saints? ...I'm sure 99% percent of the young men and women will be doing something or the other that Anthony did in some shape or form ... see that no one is hurt or harmed ..and carry on with life ..and all those who consider themselves saints please join the rat race and stand for election as independent candidates

    July 28, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. ME

    Good Move.
    Mr Weiner, this is not the same as having an affair...An affair is between a husband and a wife.
    You have committed vulgar acts using the internet. Those pictures will always be accessible...even to children.
    You wife needs to take a hike. She is beautiful and I hope she finds happiness with a moral man.

    July 28, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Buckwheat

    Best get your think tank together and find a profitable way to hide sext messaging!

    July 28, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Mike

    Weiner, you have proven gullible to a 23 year old, believing the flattery, taking the bait, hook, line and sinker. You have managed to convince yourself that your personal weaknesses can be disregarded in the evaluation of your suitability for the job. The NYC mayor must be smarter than what you demonstrate, not distracted like a teenager in love, and a credible role model for the citizens.
    Your gift of lying, forgetting and covering up are not honorable traits. These are the tools of con-men.

    July 28, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Revolution

    What? I thought you wanted this country to move to the left. You got it!

    July 28, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. PetePete1

    Despicable excuse for a human being.How many sexting pics did he send to underage girls?Just wait till that surfaces.

    July 28, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. revolting peasant

    Clearly there is something wrong with this dude. Okay, exchanging nudie pictures is fun and all. . .until you get caught. Then, you stop and find a new hobby. The fact that he got caught, had to resign in disgrace, embarrassed himself and his family, etc., is bad enough. He then did it AGAIN!!! This guy is done. He needs to recede into the shadows and stay there.

    July 28, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. oneamerican623

    All leaders have character flaws. It is that darkside that gives them the ability to lead. Remember when the country tried Jimmy Carter? How did that work out?
    Clinton had intimate relations in the oval office and turned out to be a very good president that even brought the budget under control.
    Political leadership needs tobe based more on qualifications as opposed to a popularity contest.
    I think he is the best candidate running personally, but that is just me.

    July 28, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Obummer

    Why wouldn't vote New Yorkers for Weiner ? They voted for a guy who tells them what size soda they can buy and sends public employees paid for by New Yorkers around the US to further his gun nazi activities.

    July 28, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. ruralvoice

    He is not going to get elected. I'm sure one good thing are his "true confessions", but not for getting him elected. That is for his own therapeutic value, and I hope it helps him (but not for election purposes). He is quite naive if he truly things that his confession helps him politically. New Yorkers see through that. He will not be Mayor.

    July 28, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Margeaux

    What is really disturbing is that this guy was ever considered as a candidate. I almost think, as an exhibitionist, that he is enjoying knowing his "parts" are out there for public viewing.

    July 28, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Dan

    Apparently size does matter

    July 28, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Andy

    Most Wieners are mystery meat. Very little mystery left here.

    July 28, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. bungo

    makes sense. why stick around when there isn't a campaign left to manage. Just a huge joke of an ego ....

    July 28, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. jon reddish

    politics attracts the competitive narcissist.. the psychopath.. this is why "normals" dont run for office.... its too bad.

    July 28, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. blakenaustin

    Surprise. Surprise.

    July 28, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Juanito

    @ loathestheright: you're a repub and you're bating. Even lib dems know that their picks don't come without their own scratch and dent issues. It doesn't matter to them as long as their agenda gets pushed.

    As for Weiner, he's a true politician. Not to be confused with statesman or public servant. His wife is no better. When he loses, she will leave him.

    No matter who goes in, with even the best intentions, they become part of the machine, and even the best with the most noble intentions becomes just another cog in the machine.

    Welcome to politics.

    July 28, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Bryan

    Weiner suffers from the Jerry Sandusky syndrone : "Just because I'm a perv, doesn't mean I'm not a great guy."

    July 28, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Just

    Politicians have no sense of dignity at all do they. And that is EVERY politician.

    July 28, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Speak for yourself, Loathstheright. Weiner did nothing wrong, and it hadn't necessarily impeded him from doing his work. We have republicans who had intercourse and are still in office. Weiner accidently sends a picture of his groin and everyone losses their mind. His work for everyday New Yorkers should be kept in the spotlight. We as people are so quick to judge a man for tiniest fraction; yet we won't have the balls to put out our own skeletons from the closet.

    July 28, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. more bs

    he should have switched to a republican said a couple of forgive me lord, and he would have won hands down

    July 28, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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