Anthony Weiner vowed today to stay in the New York City mayor’s race, as he confirmed his campaign manager quit and his top rival said he was not qualified to lead the nation’s most populous city.
“We knew this would be a tough campaign,” Weiner said while campaigning in Brooklyn. “We have an amazing staff, but this isn’t about the people working on the campaign. It’s about the people we’re campaigning for.”
The tumult in Weiner’s staff was first reported by The New York Times. Hours later, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn repeated criticism on NBC’s Meet the Press that Weiner has displayed “a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth and a real lack of maturity.”
Quinn, who has a 9-point lead over Weiner, went beyond those comments when pressed if Weiner had disqualified himself with the behavior that forced him to quit the U.S. House. As she noted her accomplishments on the City Council, Quinn pointed out that Weiner only managed to get one bill passed during his 12 years in Congress.
“Has he disqualified himself? Yes, he disqualified himself but not just because of these scandals,” Quinn said. “He didn’t have the qualifications when he was in Congress.”
Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., who served with Weiner in Congress, said on CNN’s State of the Union program that Weiner is “not psychologically qualified to be mayor of the city of New York.”
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