Wives of Spitzer, Weiner scrutinized in NYC races

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Associated Press

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 21 at 11:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The return of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner to New York City politics is shining a spotlight on those most hurt by their previous scandals: their wives.

Silda Wall Spitzer, who appeared anguished as she stood by her husband when he resigned, is nowhere to be found on the campaign trail as the former governor runs for city controller.

But former congressman Weiner's wife is taking a very different tact. Huma Abedin (HOO'-muh AB'-uh-deen), a key adviser to Hillary Clinton, is Weiner's top fundraiser and hit the campaign trail with the mayoral front-runner.

Pundits differ on what impact the wives' presence will have on voters.

One expert suggests that a wife's public forgiveness "makes your road back in politics that much easier." Another says women are more concerned with other issues.

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