After a new round of scandalous sexts emerged between New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and a 22-year-old woman (these exchanges continued after he resigned from Congress), Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin spoke out for the first time at a hastily assembled press conference yesterday.
Save a few Vogue features, Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s gorgeous top aide, has stayed out of the spotlight, even when her husband’s Internet sexual dalliances first emerged two years ago. But yesterday she was right there beside him, smiling, wearing a black cardigan over a tea-length floral printed dress (an accessible, Michelle Obama-favored silhouette), her hair pulled back in a messy bun. Nervously, she told the media: “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.”
And today, Harper’s Bazaar has released an excerpt of an essay Abedin penned for its September issue titled “The Good Wife.” Once again, Abedin has turned to the fashion glossies to tell her story–only this time, it’s in her own words.
The piece is a surprising get for Bazaar considering Abedin has appeared in Vogue several times before (her boss Hillary has also appeared in Vogue several times–and Anna Wintour is keen to get her on the cover again). And obviously this piece was written long before these latest revelations. Who knows if Weiner will even be running by the time the issue hits newsstands next month? Still, her words shed more light on who she is as a woman, and her decision to stay with Weiner and help him campaign:
So why am I doing this? Because Anthony has always been a smart, caring, and dedicated person, and while he’s the same public servant who wants what’s best for the people he represents, he is now something else—a better man.
Now that more dirt is coming out about Weiner’s misdeeds, her concluding statement rings truer and more poignant than Abedin could have imagined: “Launching this campaign was not an easy decision for our family to make,” she wrote. “Putting yourself out there comes with a cost.”
Like her boss and mentor Hillary Clinton once did, Abedin is standing by her man as Weiner refuses to drop out of the New York City mayoral race. Political pundits are wondering whether anyone else, especially voters, will–the New York Daily News is calling for Weiner to step down and the New York Times wrote that he has “disqualified himself.”
But while Weiner’s political career might be crashing and burning (for good this time), Abedin is just starting to tell her story. Rebecca Johnson, who penned a profile on Abedin for Vogue in 2007, notes that “after her own humiliation, Hillary Clinton went on to become our most beloved female politician. She succeeded not because she suffered, but because she moved on from it, refusing to allow the Bill Clinton story to become her own.” The “Huma Abedin story,” she continued, “is just beginning.” Connecting to women through women’s magazines is a good place to start.