Huma Abedin, the wife of Anthony Weiner, took center stage at Anthony Weiner’s press conference today after Weiner made some prepared remarks. Weiner, who is staying in the race for New York City Mayor said his piece and then announced that he had a chance to do “something he hasn’t yet” in his Mayoral campaign, which was hand the press conference over to his wife Huma.
Abedin started with a short disclaimer
“As many of you have followed this campaign know, I’ve spent a good deal of time out on the campaign trail…but this is the first time I’ve spoken at a campaign press conference, so I’m a little nervous.”
Abedin acknowledged that her husband has made her life really difficult over the last few years:
“Our marriage like many others have had its up and its downs. It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy,” she said, for a moment visibly recalling hours of long, painful therapy sessions. Abedin acknowledged that it was never a given that she would stay in her marriage with Anthony Weiner.
“It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the choice that it was worth staying in this marriage….I didn’t know how it would work out, but I wanted to give it a try.” She also mentioned their kids as a reason to stay together. One has to wonder if Abedin and Weiner would have split by now if not for them.
“Anthony’s made some horrible mistakes,” Abedin continued, looking over at her husband, who shamefully looked down at the ground. “Both before he resigned from Congress and after, and we discussed this when he decided to run for Mayor.”
Then she delivered the tagline that the power couple hopes will resonate with the voters of New York City:
“I love him, I trust him, I believe in him.”
Weiner then took a few questions, stating again that, “This is entirely behind me, it was when I decided to get in.” And that he wasn’t going to get into a process of confirming or denying specific allegations, but just that some were true and some were false.
If Weiner does go onto become New York City’s mayor, he will have his wife to thank. Her trust in Weiner is the main thing that gives him credibility today.