TODAY   |  July 28, 2013

Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager reportedly steps down

Danny Kadem, Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager, has stepped down after the candidate’s most recent publicity regarding his behavior online, according to The New York Times. TODAY’s Erica Holt interviews David Gregory of NBC’s “Meet the Press” about the impact this could have on Weiner’s campaign.

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>> morning that the campaign manager for anthony weiner t new york city mayoral candidate involved in a sexting scandal has left the campaign. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." are you hearing anything more about this? what will this ultimately do to his mayoral bid? is he still going to hang on?

>> it's very difficult. there's internal dissent about this. his campaign manager is leaving. we don't know all the circumstances. you see what's happening in his own personal ratings in the race. they're going down. this is very difficult for anthony weiner . this is ultimately public trust . he positioned himself as a rehabilitated man after he resigned from congress only to find out these new details. to have him handle him in the twa that is, to put it mildly, uncomfortable, as to whether he talks about there's six osh ten other women. his wife, huma abedin , standing by his side saying this should be a private matter. i don't think people are buying that. i think he's in a very difficult position to keep on at this point.

>> we'll continue to follow it, of course. let's move on to some other news at this point. senator john mccain really becoming a little more of a regular visitor to the west wing , even saying at one point recently he really trusts president obama . this is a big change in the relationship between these two men. when did it come about and why is it happening?

>> it's interesting. the relationship was strained after the election in 2008 . there are areas where they can work together. senator mccain has been an outspoken critic, a vocal critic of the president on foreign policy . but on some of these issues in terms of senate rules or immigration, there is room for him to do some business there, and i think senator mccain is also at a point in his life and career where he'd like to return to some of that maverick status he had, which includes working with the other side in a way that's constructive. he's done that at different points. it's interesting, this juxtaposition. you think about things like benghazi and how critical mccain was, i don't see him shrinking away from that as he remains critical on syria. but he's finding ways to work with the white house .