Our past Bumpwatch mom Huma Abedin, longtime Hillary Clinton aide and accomplished season Washington staffer, blamed herself when she discovered her husband Anthony Weiner, former Congressman from New York, had lapsed back into online sexting after that act forced him to resign from office in 2011.
A woman who Weiner sexted with after he resigned from office revealed the exchanges to the press a week ago, possibly derailing Weiners’ latest bid for New York city mayor. A day later, Abedin spoke during a painful-to-watch press conference on July 23 and professed her devotion to stick by her husband of 3 years.
“I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him,” she told the press. “And as we have said before, we are moving on.”
She asked voters to separate their marital struggles from Weiner’s ability to be the mayor, though he has slipped from 1 to 4 in the latest polls.
Privately, Abedin told friends that she blamed herself for being less than an attentive wife and for focusing too much on their now 19-month old son Jordan, New York Post reports. She apparently bailed from couples therapy to spend more time with her baby.
Weiner was busted for sending lewd images of himself via Twitter to a twenty-something Twitter follower, shamefully denying it, then admitting to it before being pressured to step down from his seat, representing the 9th congressional district. That seat in a District which includes parts of Queens and Brooklyn later flipped from Democrat to Republican for the first time since the 1920s.
A relative told the magazine that after Weiner admitted to his relapse, they started a new round of therapy and have been committed since then.
“They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told People magazine.
Former president Bill Clinton officiated their nuptials.
Abedin shouldn’t blame herself for what happens to many couples during pregnancy and after having a baby. Focus turns toward the child, but that should not be an excuse to engage in inappropriate behavior, of course. Nonetheless, it is understandable why she would feel responsible, although it’s not her fault.