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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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