Weiner's campaign manager in NYC mayoral race quits - New York News

Pressure mounts on Weiner to quit mayoral race

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Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign suffered another setback when his campaign manager resigned over the weekend.

The campaign manager Danny Kedem says he could no longer work for Weiner after new revelations of lewd pictures and text messages sent came out this past week.

Weiner would like to be able to call Gracie Mansion home, but now there's a new setback in the way. Despite that, the embattled candidate insists he's in it for the long haul.

In recent days, Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has been trying to turn the focus from the sexting scandal to his message for middle class voters. He says the resignation of his campaign manager won't change that.

"Danny left the campaign. He did a remarkable job. We have an excellent staff. More people have come on, frankly," said Weiner.

Political strategist Basil Smikle says polls may show Weiner's popularity is down, but it's too early to count him out -- especially if he gets his message directly to voters.

"He had a good fundraising period. He still got a lot of money on hand and the fact that he and his wife did the joint press conference together, in my mind, tells me he's in it for the long haul – he's going to be there until the end," said Smikle.

But out of the race is exactly where he should be says his toughest opponent, frontrunner Christine Quinn. The City Council Speaker made that quite clear on ‘Meet the Press'.

"It's become very clear that former Congressman Weiner has a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth and a real lack of maturity and responsibility. I don't think he should be mayor and I think the voters, if he stays in the race, will make that very clear," said Quinn on ‘Meet the Press'.

Smikle points out Weiner could benefit from city election law if there's no clear winner in the Democratic primary with at least 40 percent of the votes, there must be a runoff between the two top vote getters.

With a crowded field of candidates in the hotly contested race, that's a distinct possibility.

Weiner would not have to beat Council Speaker Quinn to keep his chances alive -- all he would need to do is come in second – assuming there's no more scandal.

"If any more stories come out, if there are any more revelations and clearly there are more women that speak publicly on this, I don't know if his campaign can actually survive that," said Smikle.

If there's a runoff in the Democratic primary, the winner of that race would go up against the Republican candidate in the general election in November.

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