The 31-year-old Kedem 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.
Christine Quinn, who is bidding to be the city’s first female mayor, led the race before Weiner jumped in but slipped behind him in most polls over the past two months. But a one-day poll conducted after Weiner’s latest revelations has Quinn leading Weiner in the race for the Democratic nomination. The mayoral primary is Sept. 10, and the general election is Nov. 5. The primary winner needs to get at least 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff with the No. 2 vote-getter.
Quinn, who is speaker of the New York City Council, said on NBC television’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.”
But she questioned whether he is the right person to lead the city.
“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, David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama , 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.”