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The mother of the young woman who is embroiled in the latest Anthony Weiner “sexting” scandal is speaking out.
Laura Leathers, mother of 23-year-old Sydney Leathers, tells the New York Daily News from her home in Allendale, Ill. that no one should be voting for Weiner as the next mayor of New York City.
“I have nothing to say except God help New York if he gets to be mayor. You can print that,” Laura Leathers told the Daily News.
Weiner began his online relationship with Sydney Leathers last summer, more than a year after he resigned from Congress. According to the Daily News, the 23-year-old reached out to Weiner through Facebook after he resigned in 2011.
But back to Abedin. It’s very nice that her friends are feeling for her in this time of self-inflicted hardship. What, though, is missing from our politics if Abedin’s not in it? Before this week, she had a sterling reputation (based in part on how she didn’t appear at Weiner’s press conferences, but oh well) based on … what, exactly?
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No one who’s profiled Abedin has really bothered to tell why we should like her, only that other people really like her. This current round of Humamania is surfeited with praise that sounds sort of crazy when you actually read it.
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Standing by your husband when he keeps disappointing you is, sadly, an ordinary thing. Making connections in D.C. and then cashing in on them is also pretty ordinary. The single most irritating aspect of the Weiner scandal is that we’re being asked to buy tickets for this third-rate psychodrama. The Weiner-Abedin marriage is to the Clinton marriage as Sharknado is to Jaws.
Huma Abedin, the wife of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, AKA Carlos Danger, is facing an ongoing Senate investigation into the consulting fees she earned while also working as a State Department employee for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Abedin’s change in employment status was exposed in a June article in Politico, which reported that Abedin and Weiner reported income of $490,000 in calendar year 2012, $360,000 of which represented a combination of both of their consulting incomes.
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The State Department confirmed that Abedin served as a “special government employee” from June 3, 2012 until Feb. 1, 2013, which seems to violate the statutory limit of 130 days that one person is allowed to serve with that status. Abedin’s duties during that time included “advising and participating in planning for the secretary’s schedule and travel.”
In a letter from Abedin to the State Department dated July 5, Abedin said she chose to become a consultant so that she could spend more time in New York with her family following the birth of her son in December, 2011.
Hate to say it, but you can’t trust a woman whose husband has been screwing around.
A year ago, Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin posed for People magazine, and talked about how they’d worked to repair their marriage after his first sexting scandal forced him to resign his congressional seat in 2011.
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It’s fascinating how Abedin, who must now be described as Weiner’s “long-suffering” wife even though they’ve been married for only three years, is retracing the life of her boss and mentor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, another woman whose assurances about her husband’s character ultimately came back to haunt her.
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And you can’t overlook the Schwarzeneggers.
In 2003, even before 11 women came forward to accuse Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger of sexually groping them, lots of detractors had accused him of vile behavior toward women. To sway reluctant female voters, Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, sat down with Oprah Winfrey, where Shriver praised her husband.
With Weiner pal Jon Stewart absent, The Daily Show shows no mercy
And while there has been much praise of Abedin’s handling of her first press conference this week, after it was reported that Weiner sent crotch pictures to other women more than a year after he resigned from Congress, she doesn’t quite have the halo she once did. Slate’s Dave Weigel points out that six years of news coverage of Abedin has remarkably focused on rave reviews of her physical appearance. (“Her appearance is just like, ‘Hoh my God!’ She takes your breath away,” James Carville said. “[T]he women in our office definitely watch what Huma wears,” Philippe Reines, who later worked as Clinton’s spokesman, said.) The two main non-fashion things she’s known for — standing by her husband and cashing in on Washington connections — are pretty “ordinary,” Weigel says.
Anthony Weiner is another squirrel for the Praetorian media.
Unfortunately, it seems that the future Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932, in Brave New World, is arriving early. Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline. However, we do need a Revolving Door Tax (RDT), learn what Members of Congress pay in taxes, and prosecute politicians and staff and their “family and friends” who profit from insider trading. Oh, and pay “public servants” what they are worth.