WASHINGTON — As the old saying goes, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”. This is now readily applies to the career of Anthony Weiner.
Weiner, a disgraced former U.S. congressman from New York, is embarrassed yet again. He abruptly resigned two years ago after it was discovered he was sexting women that were not his wife Huma Abedin, who worked closely as Hillary Clinton’s deputy at the State Department and has close ties to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
Weiner is trying to revive his political career by running for New York City mayor to replace outgoing Michael Bloomberg. He is running even in the polls with fellow Democrat Charles Quinn, but as the Chicago Tribune reported, many have an unfavorable view of him.
Abedin stood by his side, just as Hillary Clinton did during husband Bill’s sex scandal with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and the Chicago Tribune quoted her as saying, “I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him”.
Last time Weiner held a press conference, he announced his resignation and disappeared out of the limelight. This time, he held a press conference with Abedin at his side and apologized for his most recent transgression. He will not withdraw from the New York City mayoral race, but this development could put a dent in his mayoral aspirations.