Notice anything missing at Anthony Weiner’s news conference on Monday afternoon?
His wife, Huma Abedin.
(Update, 6/8: Weiner’s wife is pregnant)
What this means for their marriage is unclear, despite the congressman’s assertions that the newlyweds (married just 11 months) will survive the scandal. “I love my wife very much, and we have no intention of splitting up over this,” he told reporters. “We have been through a great deal together, and we will weather this. I love her very much, and she loves me.”
But her absence at his side may signal the end of the humiliating stand-by-your-man appearance by political wives.
But Jenny Sanford refused the ritual , leaving Mark to face questions about his affair with his “soul mate” alone. Ditto for Elizabeth Edwards, who was nowhere to be seen in John’s confessional sit-down with ABC.
Think Abedin will say anything about her husband’s news conference? The notoriously private aide to Secretary of State Clinton never talked during the good times; highly unlikely we’ll hear anything from her now.
Read earlier: Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin wed, 7/12/10