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. Uncle Sam

    hang in there Tony.
    Against all odds.
    We need you in the news.

    July 28, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Ni

    Hey Willy B3. As someone who lived in and around NYC for 20 years and an equal number of years in the deep South, i would rather deal with a rude NYer any day. Southerners are all charm and hospitality to your face while simultaneously stabbing you in the back. Worse if you disagree with their religion, music or politics. At least i know where i stand with a NYer.

    July 28, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. T. Lee

    Maybe Anthony Weiner thinks being a a butt-ugly weiner-of-a-man sets the new benchmark for "desirable" !

    July 28, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. calvin

    I guess his manager left because you really can't manage the unmanageable.

    July 28, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Colin Kelleher

    Weiner is mentally ill. And he's the only one who doesn't know it.

    July 28, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Dink_Winkerson

    It would appear that Wiener's campaign is about to peter out Oh how ironic!

    July 28, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. M. R. Warzecha

    Somebody tell this douche to get a job.
    Get off the ballot.
    Nobody wants to vote for you.


    July 28, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. mike

    c'mon...anyone with Weiner as a name was chastized as a child and forced to grow up with a constant threat of being bullied and teased. It's no wonder he sneaks around like a slithering snake. This guy has very deep rooted issues and very little self-esteem resulting in his narcissistic behavior. Do we know anyone else like this? Interesting how these creeps make it into politics but then it isn't surprising because most politicians are superficial lying scumbags!

    July 28, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. sonnie3

    Weiner the Weiner flasher is a real weiner. Just plain sick!

    July 28, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. Saved by His Grace

    Please do yourself a huge favor and make an attempt to disappear quitely. You're making a mockery of yourself and your family. I was willing to give you a second chance as everyone makes mistakes and deserves the benefit of the doubt. However after learning that you've gone out and have repeated your transgressions, it goes without saying that you my friend are a narrsistic moron who does not deserve to be in the company of pigs, le alone people. Now go away and don't ever come back!!

    July 28, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. Clarke

    Does this man have no shame! Where is his pride, he talks about it like it is no big deal, he would be best to just jump ship and be done with it. I feel he is insulting the voters, thinking they don't really care. He has some real problems that he needs to address.

    July 28, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. skin piston

    He can;t be any worse than Bloomberg.

    July 28, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  13. Fool me thrice??

    What a train wreck. I suppose the classy thing to do would be to withdraw with as much grace as he could muster. But so far class is the only thing he hasn't shown to the public.

    July 29, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. Bill

    He looks like a weiner

    July 29, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. Freddo

    Uh-oh ... beam me up Scotty!

    July 29, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  16. LoseTheZero

    One could say the campaign manager had enough weiner...

    July 29, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  17. Thomas

    I almost feel sorry for the guy.

    I think thats what he wants.

    July 29, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. Stpehen V. Dash

    Mr. Weiner, your presence approaching then standing before the microphone was noted. New York City is well-served by a Mature Leader. You ain't it. Stephen.

    July 29, 2013 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  19. Name

    This man needs serious therapy and never should have gotten this far. He can't help himself, he definitley is not a politician. Needs to go away quietly. NY has had enough problems. He uses his employers time doing his perverted pastime. His mind won't be with NY

    July 29, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  20. CVB

    I usually vote Democratic, but this guy has to be the dumbest human being in politics, and he should quit now. Did he honestly think he wouldn't get caught? AGAIN? New York, do you really want a man with judgement that's so spectacularly poor running your city? I don't think so...

    July 29, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  21. IDontKnow

    Why would you quit? With a candidate like this one, you could run the most radically creative campaign and who would fault you for losing? A missed career maker.

    July 29, 2013 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  22. gordo

    just go...oh and take the little guy with you!

    July 29, 2013 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  23. MasterBlaster

    W-E-I-N-E-R thats what his mind is on. He wants to be in politics, so he can "meat" chicks. A simple man with a simple agenda.....

    July 29, 2013 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  24. fred flinstone

    Actually his numbers have become quite flaccid.

    July 29, 2013 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  25. MasterBlaster

    Would you let somebody named Freddy Cruger watch your kids? Then why would you let somebody named Weiner run your city? Think about it..........!
    Weres Clark Kent when we really need him?

    July 29, 2013 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
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