Anthony and Huma
Of love and politics
In an interview on Meet the Press this morning, Anthony Weiner would not say whether his high-profile wife would re-join him on the campaign trail again.
Mr. Weiner, speaking with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, said he doesn’t know if his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, will be at his side, including on Election Day Tuesday.
Before he married his wife, former Congressman Anthony Weiner had a previously undisclosed relationship with an on-again-off-again congressional and campaign aide nearly two decades his junior.
In pushing back against the publication of this story, the spokeswoman for his current mayoral campaign, Barbara Morgan, phoned The New York Observer‘s editor in chief. Partially confirming the relationship, she said the two “had a personal relationship.” (At that point, Ms. Morgan stopped mid-sentence to request the conversation be continued off the record.)
In a cease-and-desist letter sent to The New York Observer today, an attorney for the woman said his client, Dolev Azaria, “vehemently denies” that she and Mr. Weiner had any romantic relationship “while Ms. Azaria was working for Mr. Weiner.”
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Manhattan City Councilman Robert Jackson has a message for the New York Post: Lay off Anthony Weiner’s wife.
Mr. Jackson, who is also running for Manhattan borough president, went on a brief solo rant this afternoon, condemning a recent Post editorial column on former Congressman Anthony Weiner that featured a fake byline from Mr. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
“It crossed the line, in my opinion, of decency,” Mr. Jackson proclaimed on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, a huge foam board depicting the paper’s Sunday story behind him. “We need to stop all this sensationalism … I’m asking the New York Post, stop it!”
The Daily Show’s fill-in host John Oliver held no prisoners tonight as he took ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner to task over his latest sexting allegations, skewering the mayoral wannabe for continuing to communicate with random women long after his resignation.
“Now, America is collectively experiencing déjà ewww,” declared Mr. Oliver, who dedicated nearly two full segments of the show to his take-down, aided by mock movie posters and racy props.
Less than an hour after a hastily-convened press conference where he admitted to engaging in lewd online conversations with a young woman long after his resignation, former Congressman Anthony Weiner appeared back in top form, drawing loud applause at a mayoral forum dedicated to HIV and AIDS issues at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis center.
In a buoyant mood, acting as though nothing had changed, Mr. Weiner even thanked the media for not leaving after his high-profile event.
Anthony Weiner’s usually private wife, Huma Abedin, joined her husband on the campaign trail on Sunday, shaking hands, posing for photos and subjecting herself to reporters’ questions for the first time since her husband jumped into the mayors race.
A top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ms. Abedin stood by her husband’s side through his sexting scandal. She appeared relaxed and happy as she and Mr. Weiner made their way through a street fair on West 111th Street and then greeted diners and shoppers along Frederick Douglass Boulevard this afternoon in Harlem–often hand-in-hand.
Anthony Weiner’s 17-month-old son, Jordan, joined him on the campaign trail on Father’s Day Sunday, earning the occasional “awww” as the former congressman greeted voters at a street fair in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he grew up.
Little Jordan, decked out blue plaid pants and a stylish fedora, seemed unfazed by the crowd of campaign staffers and reporters who trailed his dad, who was juggling babysitting, posing for photos and urging Democratic voters to sign petitions to get him on the ballot.
“You’re big-time upstaging me, bud,” he told his son, who munched on a cheese crepe as photographers snapped.
Yesterday, Politico and other outlets reported that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was investigating whether Huma Abedin’s role in the U.S. State Department conflicted with her private consulting work. Ms. Abedin, of course, is the wife of Anthony Weiner, a Democrat mounting a high-profile campaign for mayor this year. Politicker caught up with Mr. Weiner earlier today to get his take on the situation.
The former congressman, speaking broadly, touted his wfe’s accomplishments in pubic life while insisting everything she did was “above board.”
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Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver‘s late-night call to expel disgraced Assemblymen Vito Lopez from office hasn’t helped to temper calls for his head. But most Democratic leaders seem unlikely to push for disciplinary action against the speaker. Gov. Andrew Cu0mo told reporters yesterday he didn’t think it was his place “to say who the speaker is and who the speaker should be.” He added: “I don’t see any comparison between what Vito Lopez and what Shelly Silver did … There is a magnitude of difference.”
On an unrelated note, the governor seems to be raking in the green. His most recent finance disclosure statement, made public Thursday, shows he made between $1.75 million and $2 million. The bulk of his assets are reportedly managed by a blind trust at AMG National Trust Bank.