Anthony Weiner's loses campaign manager, vows to stay in New York City mayoral race
'We have an amazing staff,' Weiner said
Last Updated: 136 days ago
Anthony Weiner isn’t dropping out of the New York mayoral race, but his campaign manager is.
As the fallout from a sexting scandal intensifies, a person close to the campaign tells ABC News that Danny Kedem, the campaign manager, has stepped aside.
It is the latest sign of discord inside the Weiner campaign, where the candidate is calling his own shots and becoming alienated from many of his former allies, advisers and supporters.
But Weiner is forging ahead with his candidacy, saying voters should determine his fate. He taped a new campaign commercial on Saturday and attended a church service on Sunday.
"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.
The resignation of Kedem, first reported by The New York Times, is only the latest jolt to Weiner’s candidacy.
Kedem told Weiner of his decision to leave over the weekend, a person close to the campaign said, after Weiner insisted he was staying in the race.
Kedem, 31, took the reins of Weiner’s improbable candidacy earlier this spring and helped lead him to the front of the pack of candidates seeking to follow Michael Bloomberg as the next mayor of New York.
His abrupt departure suggests the inner circle is tightening even more around Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin.
Sunday, 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."
"Has he disqualified himself? Yes, he's disqualified himself," Quinn said. "But not just because of these scandals, though that certainly has. He didn't have the qualifications when he was in Congress."
Later on the NBC program, former President Barack Obama senior adviser David Axelrod accused Weiner of "wasting time and space." Axelrod, who noted that his former firm is working for another mayoral candidate, said Americans "believe in second chances, but not third chances."
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."
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