I find it very unsettling that we're more comforted by the notion that Huma is a heartless, self-serving, political mastermind than we are by the other option: that Huma knows her husband better than anyone, sees him for his flaws, for the pain he has caused and continues to cause her, and loves him anyway. Because that is just too hard for us to swallow.
Just as the Anthony Weiner scandal was quieting down, one of the former congressman's "sextees" has written a tell-all account of their exchanges.
In the week leading up to his resignation speech, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, 46, vowed to get his marriage back on track, after his very public sexting scandal cast him and his 35-year-old wife, Huma Abedin, into the spotlight However, while some analysts have predicted that Huma, who is 3-months pregnant with the couple's first child, will stand by her man (she works as an aide to Hillary Clinton, after all,) the New York Post reports that Mrs. Weiner actually feels trapped by her situation. "He could be having sex live on TV for the whole world to watch and she'd still feel like she'd have to stay with him for now," said a source to the newspaper. (Although would anyone really blame her, if she did leave him immediately? Certainly, we wouldn't.)
Three weeks after being caught with his pants down—literally—New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has resigned. The disgraced politician has finally taken responsibility for sexting multiple women after going the "deny, deny, deny" route for far too long. According to Radar Online, Weiner shared the news earlier today at a press conference held at the same senior citizens' center where he announced his inaugural City Council run back in 1992.
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Politicians are no strangers to scandal, but thanks to the popularity of social networking and sexting, we've got a whole new branch of governmental wrongdoing to deal with. Our prime suspect: Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Representative Anthony Weiner has taken a leave of absence to go into treatment. It would be reasonable to presume it is for sex addiction. Sex addiction is not really about sex. It's about obsessive behavior. It's about doing something over and over, even though it presents a risk to your job and family stability. It's like a tic you can't control. You know the action doesn't serve your goals or fit into your values, and that it provides only a brief jolt of serotonin, adrenaline, and dopamine. That, in turn, is often followed by shame. But you keep doing it, like a ritual that relieves stress and decreases pain even while it is causing stress and pain.
The Anthony Weiner scandal might be generating headlines, but plenty of readers are complaining that his sleazy behavior doesn't constitute daily news coverage. Of course he acted like a slimeball, he's a politician, they grumble. Fair enough, but Huffington Post writer Vicki Larson has a different idea: Anthony Weiner strayed because he's too handsome for marriage, and science says that hotties are not to be trusted with monogamy.