NEW YORK – Anthony Weiner vowed to stay in the race for New York City mayor Sunday despite the loss of his campaign manager and the drumbeat of critics questioning his fitness for public office.
We have an amazing staff, but this isn’t about the people working on the campaign. It’s about the people we’re campaigning for, Weiner said after speaking at a Brooklyn church.
Weiner confirmed that campaign manager Danny Kedem resigned Saturday after reports surfaced that Weiner continued to exchange lewd photos and messages with women despite resigning from Congress in 2011 over the same behavior.
Weiner said he would keep talking about ideas for the middle class and people struggling to make it every single day and added, We knew this was going to be a tough campaign.
Kedem had managed the re-election of John DeStefano Jr. to a 10th term as mayor of New Haven in 2011 and worked on Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential campaign.
Kedem, 31, was credited with helping Weiner pull into the lead among the crowded field of Democratic primary candidates before the latest revelations about Weiner’s raunchy online exchanges with women.
Rival mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, said on NBC’s Meet the Press that Weiner has shown a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth and a real lack of maturity and responsibility.
Unlike other candidates who have urged Weiner to end his campaign, Quinn said opponents should not say who should or shouldn’t get in and out of races.
On CNN’s State of the Union, Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King, the target of a blistering 2010 attack from Weiner over a bill to provide free medical services for World Trade Center recovery workers, said Weiner is not psychologically qualified to be mayor of the city of New York.
Weiner was forced to discuss his online behavior this past week after a gossip website printed excerpts of conversations Weiner had with Indiana college student Sydney Leathers last summer.