Amid Growing Storm, Weiner Dumped By Campaign Manager

As basically everyone races to pronounce his political life DOA

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 28, 2013 11:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Huma Abedin is thus far still standing behind her man, but the guy running Anthony Weiner's campaign for New York City mayor is not. Weiner's 31-year-old campaign manager, Danny Kedem, has quit, reports the New York Times, in the latest tire to blow out for an increasingly battered and bare-bones campaign. Weiner confirmed Kedem's departure this morning, noting, “Danny has left the campaign. He did a remarkable job." Kedem put his long-shot candidate atop the polls—before the latest round of sexting emerged. It's not the only blow for Weiner today, as top politicians raced to the Sunday shows to throw Weiner under the bus. A sampling:

  • David Axelrod, as per Politico: "At this point it's absurd. He is not going to be the next mayor of New York. He is wasting time and space. It's time for him to go away and let New York have its mayor's race."
  • Peter King: "He should do himself and everybody a favor and step to the sidelines. He is not psychologically qualified to be mayor of the city of New York. I just can't see any way, even if this latest scandal would not have come out, that Anthony Weiner could have won."
  • Mayoral rival Christine Quinn: "When you see scandal after scandal about this, what it does is create even more distrust and maybe even disgust in government. We really need to move beyond that." And further: "Has he disqualified himself? Yes. He disqualified himself, but not just because of these scandals. He didn't have the qualifications when he was in Congress. He was in Congress for 12 years, he passed one bill."
  • Former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers: The Clintons "would like to see this go away. It's very painful for the Clintons. They are genuinely very close to Huma." And it's all over but the singing anyway: “He may still be in the race, but his campaign is over. Voters are willing to forgive people as long as the person is genuinely sorry and tries to change. Anthony Weiner's played voters for fools.”

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner after a tour of Superstorm Sandy victims on Staten Island on Friday, July 26, 2013, in New York.
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner after a tour of Superstorm Sandy victims on Staten Island on Friday, July 26, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner reacts to a question during a tour of Superstorm Sandy victims on Staten Island on Friday, July 26, 2013.
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner reacts to a question during a tour of Superstorm Sandy victims on Staten Island on Friday, July 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in New York on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in New York on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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