Silda Wall Spitzer is not standing by her husband Eliot's side while he campaigns for New York City comptroller, according to Tuesday's New York Times. She's "deeply conflicted" and "all but invisible" in his campaign, unlike another wronged New York political wife, Huma Abedin. Both women have been thrust into the spotlight again as their once-cheating husbands campaign for office, but Abedin's the one glowing in New York Magazine profiles. What's she doing right that Wall Spitzer is not?
Wall Spitzer and Abedin employed different PR strategies during their husbands' scandals — Wall Spitzer famously stood with hers while he apologized, while Abedin did not. Now Wall Spitzer's absent for her husband's resurrection, and Abedin's gotten right in there. The media seems to like Abedin's tactic more. Abedin opened up in April's Times Magazine story about her husband, Anthony Weiner, where she condemned his past behavior (sending illicit tweets), but made it clear that she'd forgiven him. New York's Mark Jacobson (kind of creepily) called her "the most cosmopolitan human being on Earth" and "this stellar woman, who could have married anyone" in a Weiner profile posted Sunday.