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July 25th, 2013
06:50 AM ET

Who is Huma Abedin? A Look at the Woman Standing by Weiner

Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is holding firm despite the scandal now surrounding him—once again.

He’s remaining defiant amid calls from newspapers and his political rivals saying he should drop out after he admitted to “sexting”, or exchanging explicit online messages with a woman, even after he resigned from congress in disgrace for the same lewd behavior.

That woman has been identified as 23-year-old Sydney Elaine Leathers - who was active online talking about democratic politics.

She's said to have once loved the former congressman, but is now disgusted by how he treated her.

Despite all this, Weiner's wife is expressing her support, telling the press on Tuesday, "I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him." 

“When Huma Abedin spoke of her devotion to her husband Anthony Weiner Tuesday,” reports CNN’s Alino Cho, “the public may have been surprised but not those who know her. Members of her inner circle say Huma was out there because she wanted to be.”

In a revealing essay in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar written by Abedin herself, she writes: "... yes, I'm out on the campaign trail.  It's where I want to be.  Because the choice for me is simple: I love my husband, and we both love this city."

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    "After some reflection, the friend said, Abedin felt that taking their toddler son from his father was not what was best for him, and ultimately decided to continue with therapy in an effort to heal their relationship and help him with work through his issues."

    This story is awful, it makes my stomach turn, I don't know the real incentive for Huma to stay with Weiner, but it can't be in the best interest of their son. Huma, why would you want to raise your son with a man who thought it was ok to treat you this way? You're beautiful, successful, cultured, and Muslim. Why on earth would you set the example for women to think it's ok for men to treat them this way? I would have left him the instant it happened the first time, but the fact that he repeated the behavior for a lone period of time, after having lost his career, and the possibility of losing you? This man doesn't learn. Not only is it not fit for a man who has these types of sexual issues to serve in the Government, but for a woman to stand by his side? You don't need Weiner, Weiner needs you to succeed. Cut the cord and move on, your presence is more detrimental to your career and validity. Run. Far. Away. From. Weiner. and ditch that awful last name that has to be a constant reminder of what he's shown the world.

    July 25, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply

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