Anthony Weiner scandal: New York mayoral hopeful's wife stands by her man – even though he's a 'sext' addict

Former Congressman refuses to abandon his run for New York mayor despite fresh sex scandal

US Editor

Disinclined to abandon the race for New York Mayor after being hit by fresh ‘sexting’ allegations, former Congressman Anthony Weiner seemed to have only to have one true defender. That would be Huma Abedin, the mother of his toddler son and – some would say – his unaccountably good wife.

For their part, the editorialists turned on Mr Weiner as one after he partially acknowledged fresh reports of inappropriate exchanges on the internet with a young woman. 

The cyber-relationship seemingly began last summer, a year after he resigned from Congress amid similar allegations involving several women and the posting of pictures of his private parts. He vowed then never to repeat his errors – and to heal his marriage.

That Mr Weiner resumed his bad habits was first revealed by a blog site called The Dirty that published excerpts of the new conversations and a crotch-shot of Mr Weiner’s nether regions. The New York Times suggested he “take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor.” The Daily News intoned: “A proven liar must not be mayor”.

If the candidate has opened himself to ridicule it is in part also because he went by the name “Carlos Danger” when talking to the young woman, who reportedly is in her early twenties.

All this leaves Ms Abedin, a long-time close advisor to Hillary Clinton, as possibly Mr Weiner’s only remaining serious asset and last character witness. She notably chose to appear at his side at a press conference late on Tuesday. More than that, she spoke forcibly on his behalf.

“It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage,” she said. “We discussed all of this before he decided to run for mayor, so really what I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.”

Voters may or may not be swayed assuming Mr Weiner, 48, is still on the ballot when Democrats chose their mayoral candidate in primary elections in September. In recent weeks he has been near or at the the top of most polls. What they probably do know is that Ms Abedin, born of Pakistani and Indian parents, is highly regarded in her own right and that she is also known for staying far from the limelight, normally.

In an essay written for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar,  she seems to foretell the current troubles. “New Yorkers will have to decide for themselves whether or not to give him a second chance. I had to make that same decision for myself, for my son, for our family. And I know in my heart that I made the right one,” she writes. “Launching this campaign was not an easy decision… Putting yourself out there comes with a cost.”

Her best character witness, meanwhile, may be Mrs Clinton. She told Vogue in 2007: “Huma Abedin has the energy of a woman in her 20s, the confidence of a woman in her 30s, the experience of a woman in her 40s and the grace of a woman in her 50s…”

Let’s stay together: Wives who didn’t walk

Eliot and Silda Spitzer

New York’s former Governor resigned in 2008 after it emerged he spent  $10,000 visiting prostitutes, but his wife, Silda, remains by his side. When the scandal broke, she said she felt partially responsible as “the wife is supposed to take care of the sex”.

‘DSK’ and Ann Sinclair

In 2011, while he was head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of sex-ually assaulting a maid in New York, sparking a raft of sexual allegations against him. At the time, journalist Ann Sinclair stood by her husband, though the pair eventually separated.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant

The NBA star was arrested and accused of raping a Colorado hotel employee in 2003. He denied the allegations and the charges were dropped. He admit-ted cheating on his wife, Vanessa, and bought her a $4m ring. She filed for divorce but changed her mind.

Silvio Berlusconi and Veronica Lario

The former Italian prime minister is infamous for sex scandals. His wife  stood by him before filing for divorce in 2009, stating she had “watched in silence without reacting to the brutal besmirching of myself, my dignity and my marital history,” but had finally had enough. 

Jennifer Cannon

‘Cubicle guy’ pokes his nose into press call

The press conference at which Anthony Weiner was forced to confront more allegations of “sexting” was a sombre affair for most. But while many were hanging on Weiner’s every word, a large proportion of the internet appear to have been distracted by a man in the background, who spent most of the time peering over the top of a partition behind Weiner.

“Cubicle guy” – as he became known – provoked hilarity as he poked his head from behind the cubicle wall. He was identified later as reporter Jeff McKinney.

 

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
Arts and Entertainment
Buttoned up: Ryan Reynolds with Helen Mirren in ‘Woman in Gold’
filmFor every box-office smash in his Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. Now he says it's time for a reboot
News
people
News
Actress Julianne Moore wins the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for 'Still Alice' during the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California
people
Sport
Ross Barkley
footballPaul Scholes says it's time for the Everton playmaker to step up and seize the England No 10 shirt
News
'We will fix it': mice in the 1970s children’s programme Bagpuss
science
Life and Style
2 Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette
fashion
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Executive

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Retail Buyer / Ecommerce Buyer

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working closely with the market...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - CAD Software Solutions Sales

£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A reputable company, famed for ...

Ashdown Group: Client Accountant Team Manager - Reading

Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

War with Isis

Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?