by Jennifer Swift
Oct 30, 2013
04:44 PMConnecticut Politics
Former DeStefano, Weiner Campaign Manager to Hold Same Post in Rhode Island Race
The campaign manager who quit Anthony Weiner’s bid for governor just as it began to crash and burn—and the man who held a similar role in the much less bizarre re-election campaign for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr.—is now taking up the same post in Rhode Island.
Kedem first made news in the Weiner campaign, presiding over an improbable surge in Weiner's popularity that left the candidate leading a crowded Democratic primary field in recent polls. Kedem quit the campaign after Weiner acknowledged his tawdry sexual behavior had continued even after he had resigned from Congress.
Kedem’s LinkedIn profile shows he’s worked on several different campaigns in varying positions—such as organizing for Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill’s U.S. Senate campaign and Hillary Clinton's 2008 run for the presidency.
But Kedem first held his first role as campaign manager in what ended up being DeStefano's last re-election bid. Kedem has worked on two campaigns since then for a few months at a time.
He worked very much behind the scenes in New Haven as DeStefano, serving his eighteenth year as mayor, geared up against budget watchdog Jeffrey Kerekes. DeStefano won a record 10th term with 55 percent of the vote, to Kerekes’ 45 percent.
The longest-serving mayor in the city’s history announced over the winter, just as opposition was mounting, that he would not seek another term. He will instead take a new post as the executive vice president of the Start Community Bank
According to Nesi, Taveras will face tough competition in the primary, facing off against state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and possibly Clay Pell, the grandson of former U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell.Former DeStefano, Weiner Campaign Manager to Hold Same Post in Rhode Island Race