News

Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager resigns

Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager resigns

The campaign manager who helped to guide Anthony Weiner's bid for New York City mayor resigned. Photo: Associated Press

(Reuters) – The campaign manager who helped to guide Anthony Weiner’s bid for New York City mayor resigned over the weekend, a spokeswoman said on Sunday, as the Democratic former Congressman grapples with slumping poll numbers and fresh revelations of his sexually charged Internet activity.

Danny Kedem, 31, who joined Weiner’s long-shot campaign in early spring, helped to manage day-to-day political operations before abruptly quitting, said spokeswoman Barbara Morgan. She declined to comment on the timing or give a reason for his departure.

Weiner, 48, once a liberal voice in the U.S. Congress, resigned in June 2011 after admitting he used Twitter and other social media to send lewd pictures of himself to women he met online.

Weiner, speaking to reporters outside a Brooklyn church on Sunday, did not offer an explanation for Kedem’s departure but said he had done a “remarkable job” and praised his remaining campaign staffers.

“They’ve dealt with a presidential level of scrutiny and they’ve dealt with a candidate who has made some mistakes in his past and they are coming back up now,” he said.

Weiner, who launched his bid to be the next mayor of New York City earlier this year, briefly led his Democratic rivals in polls raising the possibility that he could overcome the scandal.

That momentum stalled this week when a gossip website called The Dirty published a series of sexually explicit messages and images that an unidentified young woman said she had received from Weiner, including pictures of his penis.

Weiner admitted that the messages were real and said he had continued interacting with women online as recently as last summer, more than a year after his resignation.

On Thursday, he said he had sent lewd online messages to up to three women and had exchanges with six to 10 women over the years.

“I can’t tell you absolutely what someone else is going to consider inappropriate or not,” Weiner said.

Recent polling shows Weiner trailing 9 percentage points behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with less than two months left before the Democratic primary.

In the first survey since Weiner admitted the chats had continued after his resignation from Congress, Quinn led with 25 percent among Democrats, while Weiner followed with 16 percent, according to the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll.

Recent Headlines

in Music, Weird

Judge rules Pink is appropriate for kids

Fresh
pink

A judge rejected a complaint from a father who says his ex-wife abused her parental discretion by taking their daughter to a Pink concert.

in Music

Mavis Staples broke down during documentary filming

Fresh
mavisstaples

"Mavis!" details the star's rise to fame as a member of her family group the Staple Singers and her work during the Civil Rights Movement.

in Music

Presley’s planes to remain at Graceland

Fresh
elvisplane

The Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, which have been on display at the mansion in Memphis since 1984, were set to be removed.

in Weird

Cannibuster is the ‘breathalyzer’ for pot

Fresh
pot

Two Ohio grad students have developed a device they say will detect pot use.

in Entertainment

‘Furious 7′ continues box office domination for 4th week

Fresh
This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto in a scene from "Furious 7."

"Furious 7" had enough left in the tank to top "The Age of Adaline" and lead the box office for a fourth straight week.