The New York congressman will soon have a family to spend more time with, should he bow to pressure to step down
The steady drip of fresh revelations about Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) personal life came with a stunning twist today: His wife, Huma Abedin, a close aide and friend of Hillary Clinton since before she was secretary of state, is pregnant.
The New York Times' City Room blog reports:
Ms. Abedin, 35, is in the early stages of pregnancy, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.
The pregnancy, which the couple has disclosed to close friends and family, adds a new dimension to questions about the future of their marriage.
This adds new and dramatic context to Weiner's assertion, at his press conference Tuesday, that he and his wife would stay together.
"I love my wife very much, and we have no intention of splitting up over this. We have been through a great deal together, and we will weather this," Weiner said. He mentioned, multiple times during the press conference, that Abedin had told him she loved him when he admitted the online relationships to her. In describing her reaction to his admission, Weiner said: "She was very unhappy. She was very disappointed, and she told me as much, and she also said that she loved me and said that we were gonna get through this. But she deserves much better than this." The Wall Street Journal ran a story Wednesday morning about how Abedin is a "private" person. Abedin reportedly left Wednesday for North Africa on a trip with Clinton.
Meanwhile, after Republicans called on Weiner yesterday to resign, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) on Wednesday became Weiner's first Democratic House colleague to issue a similar call. "Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a Member of Congress. In light of Anthony Weiner's offensive behavior online, he should resign," Schwartz said in a prepared statement. The congresswoman heads the Democratic Party's efforts to recruit House candidates, a leadership role at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.