National figures weigh in on Weiner and mayoral race

Former U.S. congressman from New York and current Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor Anthony Weiner is followed by the media as he leaves his New York City apartment the day after admitting he engaged in online relationships even after resigning from Congress in 2011. Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar
Anthony Weiner is feeling the heat after new revelations about the extent of his sexting.
Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

Just hours after Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager quit this weekend, several notable people have called for Weiner to leave the mayoral race, including some national figures.

The new revelations that Weiner was involved in a sexting scandal as recently as last fall, and his resistance to quit the race, became a major topic of conversation on some national news programs Sunday, The New York Times reports.

“At this point, it’s absurd,” David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, said on “Meet the Press” on NBC.

“He is not going to be the next mayor of New York; he is wasting time and space,” he added. “It’s time for him to go away and let New York have its mayor’s race.”

Dee Dee Myers, a former press secretary in the Clinton administration, appeared on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” and said she believes the Clintons would want to see Weiner leave the race.

“Look, this isn’t a story that anybody, particularly the Clintons, are happy to see splashed over the front pages and all over the news relentlessly,” Myers said.

“If they could choose they would certainly have Weiner get out of the race and Huma to get on with their life,” she added. “It’s very painful for the Clintons. They are genuinely very close to Huma.”

Longtime “CBS News” anchor Bob Schieffer also offered his view by saying Weiner’s run for mayor is “sickening.”

Meanwhile, Weiner was in Brooklyn on Sunday, offering little detail to reporters about why his campaign manager, Danny Kedem, quit less than two months before the primary.

“He did a remarkable job,” Weiner only said.


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