Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
The wife of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner was notably absent from her husband's side Thursday as the fallen politician announced his resignation from Congress after he confessed to carrying on sexually charged relationships with several women online.
Weiner, 46, said during the first of two press conferences he would hold on the blossoming photo scandal that he and his wife had "no intention of splitting up over this," but said she called his actions "stupid" and was disappointed.
"She's very disappointed," said Weiner on June 6 when he first confessed he had online relationships with women.
But Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, again opted not to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with her husband of 11 months as many wives of resigning politicians past have elected to do when he stepped down from his seat Thursday.
And unlike the spouses of outgoing governors Eliot Spitzer and James McGreevey, Abedin — who spent the first press conference in Washington, D.C., before heading to Africa on a work trip — remained absent throughout the scandal and has declined interviews as she continues to work.
Weiner again brought up his wife, who was named one of Time magazine's 2010 40-under-40 rising political stars, during his latest press conference in an attempt to publically apologize for sending lewd photos and messages to other women online.
"I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused," Weiner said. "I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma."
Abedin, 35, married Weiner last June in a wedding officiated by Bill Clinton. She was an intern in the White House in 1996, and cites Bill and Hillary Clinton as the reason she is in politics.