(NEW YORK) — Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign has confirmed the appointment of Camille Joseph as campaign manager, thus filling the spot vacated when Danny Kedem quit as campaign manager a week ago.
Joseph, a former aide to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was formerly the campaign’s political director.
The move comes as Weiner seeks to put to rest questions about the sexting scandal that continues to dog him on the campaign trail. To that end, the embattled former congressman fielded questions from several New York media outlets at his campaign headquarters early Friday afternoon.
“I guess what I can’t dispute for a minute is that days and days and days of headlines about my personal life isn’t helpful,” he told ABC News affiliate WABC, admitting that questions about his past conduct were hurting his ability to connect with voters.
Weiner, 48, said he was staying in the race, but could not rule out additional embarrassing communications or pictures from his past resurfacing.
“These things are behind me 100 percent,” he told WABC. “I still can’t say that someone else might not have something from two years ago or last year.”
The latest disclosures have cost him his front-runner status in the Democratic primary race.
He also added in a separate interview with WNBC that he had deleted all the records associated with his past lewd conduct. “I don’t have any of the records,” he said. “I deleted everything.”
Weiner also denied reports that the Clinton family is upset about his remaining in the race and said he had not spoken recently with the Clintons.
“I have no reason to believe that she [Hillary Clinton] is annoyed,” Weiner told WNBC.
The New York City primary election is Sept. 10.
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