Huma Abedin Faces Backlash For Defending Anthony Weiner Amid Sexting Scandal

Says Husband Made 'Horrible Mistakes' But Sexting Matter 'Between Us'

Many New Yorkers seemed to agree that Abedin was being sincere.

“I thought they handled it really well and seemed like they were mending things,” said Marissa Fassano from Crown Heights. “I thought that it was private, none of my business and good for them.”

“I don’t think it’s a good sign” that Weiner’s behavior continued even after his resignation, said Andrew Taub, 22. “But I do believe for some people looking for a sign, for something to bolster his campaign, (the fact that Abedin is staying with him) says a lot.”

Others are speculating that Abedin is playing the part of the supportive wife as part of a bigger political game.

“I do believe she has her own political aspirations and she will do what she needs to do in order for her position to move up,” said Nancy Thomas of Huntington.

“She’s very shrewd,” said Queens resident Scott Ruffcorn. “I think she learned from Hillary.”

At the Tuesday news conference, Abedin said her husband had made some “horrible mistakes both before he resigned from Congress and after” but insisted she and her husband discussed “all of this” before he jumped into the mayor’s race in May.

Seeming a bit choked with emotion, she noted that she had chosen to stay in the marriage, but “it was not an easy choice.”

“Our marriage, like many others, has had its ups and its downs,” she said. “It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony.”

With Abedin smiling at his side, Weiner said that “this is entirely behind me,” and both made it clear they were moving ahead with his campaign.

Huma Abedin, wife of Anthony Weiner, speaks during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Huma Abedin, wife of Anthony Weiner, speaks during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Weiner and Abedin, however, sought to cast the newly revealed messages as nothing really new.

“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out,” Weiner said. In a sign of how much he was projecting taking the messages in stride, he added that he was surprised that more hadn’t come out sooner.

Abedin said she came to the decision it was “worth” staying in her marriage — a decision she said she made for herself, her son and her family.

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