Anthony Weiner suggested Monday night that his wife, Huma Abedin, would play a role in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign — and insisted she has stayed actively involved in his own.
Weiner said in a BuzzFeed Brews interview that Abedin is still helping “every day” with his New York City mayoral bid, which is slipping to rock-bottom poll numbers amid still fresh revelations about his extramarital relationships online.
Since Weiner launched his political comeback in late May, Abedin has played a crucial role in the campaign: she hosted a “Women for Anthony” event and made personal fundraising calls to Clinton contacts to help her husband’s effort.
But after it was discovered last month that Weiner continued “sexting” until the summer of last year, Abedin has stayed off the campaign trail and reportedly taken an extended “vacation” from her post on Clinton’s “transition team.”
Weiner, though, said Abedin is “helping out every day” with the campaign.
Asked whether his scandals have hurt her role in Clinton world, Weiner said, “I feel that what I have done has hurt her. Hurt her professionally, hurt her personally.”
“She’s gotten roughed up,” he said.
Asked to respond to a New York Times report alleging that another Clinton aide, Philippe Reines, was heavily involved in the campaign to protect both Abedin and their mutual boss, Weiner described Reines’s role as “none.”
Weiner also said the last time he spoke to Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have both stayed out of the New York City mayoral race, was “months ago.”
“I have given wide berth to my colleagues in public life because I know I have a lot to prove to them as well,” he said.
When asked whether he knew what Abedin’s role on Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential campaign would be in 2016, Weiner said only, “I do. I’m not telling you.”
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