Anthony Weiner is holding a fundraiser called "Women for Weiner" next week, Politico's Maggie Haberman reports. The politicians who really need "Women for…" groups are the ones who have women problems. Weiner is one of those guys, having apologized for tweeting a photo of his crotch, and explained in an excruitiating interview with The New York Times Magazine that he did it because he just wanted people to like him. The New York City mayoral candidate is now going where Herman Cain and Todd Akin have boldly gone before.
He needs women's support. A late May Quinnipiac poll showed that 52 percent of women thought he shouldn't run for mayor. Frontrunner Christine Quinn is beating Weiner by 27 percent to 17 percent among women in the crowded race, according to a Marist poll. In a head-to-head contest, Marist found Quinn beats Weiner among women by 51 percent to 30 percent, and wins over all by 48 percent to 33 percent.
But if some behind-the-scenes reporting is accurate, this event is actually Women for Huma. "Those close to the couple say that Ms. Abedin, a seasoned operative well versed in the politics of redemption, has been a main architect of her husband’s rehabilitative journey, shaping his calculated comeback and drawing on her close ties with one of the country’s most powerful families to lay the groundwork for his return," The New York Times reported in May. "Ms. Abedin considers the coming race an adventure, and she has even been willing to break her cherished status as a seen-but-not-heard insider."
Abedin, of course, is the long-time aide of Hillary Clinton, having worked her way up from intern to Clinton's deputy chief of staff at the State Department. The fundraiser is being held at the home of Jill Iscol, a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in 2008. Those attending "Women for Anthony" include Abedin's sister Heba, the designer Reem Acra, and Rory Tahari, the wife of designer Elie Tahari. Abedin is known for her fashionable style. Her husband isn't.
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