Anthony Weiner confirmed another blow to his mayoral run Sunday, as his campaign manager Danny Kedem has quit, leaving the small campaign team without a day-to-day leader. Meanwhile, several other mayoral candidates asserted in interviews that Weiner's continued presence in the race is a "distraction." NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.
A flutter of cameras filed the Sunday morning service at the Brownsville Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, as Democratic Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner spoke before the congregation.
Reporters were not allowed inside the church, but outside Weiner addressed the latest setback to his campaign: the man running it, 30-year-old Danny Kedem, had quit.
"Danny left the campaign. He did a remarkable job. We have an excellent staff," Weiner said.
In the past week, Weiner has had to address a string of new allegations that he continued to send sexual messages and pictures to women online, more than a year after a similar scandal forced him out of the House of Representatives. His early lead in the polls has also evaporated.
"We knew, as I said the very first day of the campaign, there's things in my past that may come back, and it might be hard for us to get our message out," Weiner said.
Asked if he was concerned about campaign workers' worries about his run, Weiner answered, "Look, no campaign is ever easy. When you want this tough job, you've got to be prepared to show you're tough during the campaign as well."
Weiner did not talk about why Kedem resigned or who might replace him, but said his staff is not jumping ship.
"We've gotten more volunteers and more people coming over to help the campaign in the last several days than over any time since the campaign started," Weiner said.
Since the latest allegations surfaced, the former congressman has faced more and more calls to drop out of the race.
Some of Weiner's Democratic rivals echoed those calls in Sunday media interviews.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said on NBC's "Meet The Press," "When you see scandal after scandal like this, what it does is create even more distrust and maybe even disgust in government."
Former City Comptroller William Thompson said on WBLS 107.5 FM, "It is a distraction, you know. I think the general consensus has emerged in this city that Anthony Weiner needs to step aside."
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said on WABC 770 AM, "It can't continue. We need to get the conversation to the fact that people are hurting all over this city. They need help."
Despite having campaigned with him the past two Sundays, Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, was absent from the Brownsville event. Weiner said he does not like the criticism she has received for standing by his side.
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Anthony Weiner speaks with NY1 on Sunday about the state of his mayoral campaign following the sudden announcement that his campaign manager, Danny Kedem, has left the team. [4 minutes]