Gotta Watch: How wives handle political sex scandals
Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, finds herself in the midst of a sex scandal thanks to her husband, just as the former first lady did more than a decade ago.
June 9th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

Gotta Watch: How wives handle political sex scandals

An alleged image of embattled Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner added another sordid twist to an already serious sex scandal. As Weiner struggles to overcome the controversy, the focus turns toward his wife, Huma Abedin, and her future plans. Will she pull a Tammy Wynette and stand by her man? Or, will the longtime Clinton aide follow the trail of more recent political wives scorned by sex scandals and leave her husband? In today’s Gotta Watch, we take a look back to political wives scorched by sex troubles and how they handled it.

Jenny Sanford – When Jenny Sanford's husband finally came clean about his international love affair, the then-first lady of South Carolina was notoriously absent. Instead of crying for the cameras or lashing out, Sanford opted to keep it classy, focus on her faith and raise her sons. She eventually divorced her husband and wrote a book about her life with him.
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Dina McGreevey – As Dina McGreevey silently stood next to her husband at a 2004 news conference, not only did she have to watch him confess to a career-ending extramarital affair, but she also listened as then-New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey acknowledged he was gay. The two later had a bitter divorce and Dina McGreevey penned a book about their life.
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Wendy Vitter – Wendy Vitter's husband, GOP Sen. David Vitter, had to come clean about using an escort service when his phone number appeared in the "D.C. Madam's" call list. She literally stood beside him at his confessional news conference in 2007. Today, the Vitters remain married and show not all political sex scandals end in divorce.
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Elizabeth Edwards – Not only was Elizabeth Edwards publicly battling cancer for a second time, but she also dealt with the revelation that her husband had an affair, which resulted in a child. In a June 2010 interview with Larry King, Edwards had some tough words for her husband's mistress and says she and John tried hard to salvage their union.
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  1. Philip

    And she's pregnant too.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Maybe that's why he wandered off the ranch?

      June 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mrs. Weiner

    Pregnant by a pervert. What to do. Decisions, decisions.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • TC

      so your suggesting kill it?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mrs. Weiner

    I mean, what if it's true and my child is "born that way"?

    June 9, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Maru A.

    Women should not stand by abuse! Please take corrective action!

    June 9, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      No abuse here! Tony was only doing what every young hormone driven guy does. Marriage is the problem! It's outdated!

      June 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Resa

    Interesting; we have a picture of her with one of first ladies of infidelity (pun intended) and yet no commentary on the Clintons?

    June 9, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. GetReal

    It's her decision. Personally, I wouldn't blame her for walking out and never looking back. How does she know he hasn't cheated with a "real" woman? What kind of STD's will he bring home? How much love can she feel for a man who betrayed her – and so early in their marriage? I'd feel freezing cold toward him right now.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Maybe that was the problem from the start--that she was a cold fish!

      June 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jesus

    You are assuming that performance behind closed doors has a direct relationship with looks.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. let's move on

    We have much bigger issues to solve in this country...otherwise this situation would be fun to ponder...marriage is messy. our moral standards are unrealistic...let's agree on that and move on to real issues...

    June 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jesus

    True, but how did YOU find that out? I heard that it was a secret.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jesus

    Marriage is obsolete! Let's agree on that!!

    June 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Wattson

      Nobody forced Weiner to get married, so even if we agree that it's obsolete, Weiner obviously doesn't think it is That's the point to be made here. If you want to screw around with different women, remain a bachelor. Nothing complicated about it. The hypocrisy comes from those politicians who want to screw around with women, but also attempt to portray a wider public image as a dedicated married man of Christian morals. They are living a lie as they try to appeal to both sides of the politic and moral spectrum.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • HappyMomma

      May well be, so don't get married. But Mr. Weiner was not forced by anyone to get married. He willingly assumed the responsibility of being a husband, and he took an oath of fidelity that he broke in less than a year since he got married. If she divorces him, it would just officially end his (self imposed) obligation to keep his genitals in his family. So what's the big deal?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sum Yung Gai

      @Jesus: It's obsolete for some people that's for sure.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Carol

    There is NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING, that would get me to stay with a man who has cheated on me. Once a cheater, always a cheater. There is absolutely no excuse for cheating. I don't care how drunk you are or what your partner did to you, if you want to move on, then end it and move on.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee G

      Except that he didn't cheat. Sending junk shots to a woman is not the same as cheating. And how do you know that his wife is even bothered by it? Not all women are prudes.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lejaune

    Her religion taught her to be loyal to and supportive of her husband even when he is thinking of getting another wife.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. April

    I think it’s pathetic. Here they are supposed to be "STRONG WOMAN" of our nation but they are tolerating l their men get away with infidelity. It shows to me, that they have no self worth or self respect. Not someone I want running the country in any way shape or form.I can’t respect anyone that doesn’t respect themselves. Period. Tolerating a man because you are too afraid to be alone shows nothing more than fearful weak woman. With that mentality they should be wearing burkas and walking 5' behind their men. If woman want to do that, that's fine and I can respect their decision and life style. “To each his own”. However, it is not the kind of weak fearful behavior I expect from a strong political leader. Stand by your man!? Stand by your SELF WORTH and move on.
    If a man cheats, he will always be a cheater. He will just be better at it. A man has integrity or he doesn’t. Don’t waste time with those that don’t. And this Hot Dog was showing his on twitter?! WHAT? Obviously needs a therapist. RUN lady.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MightyMoo

    If you are going to cheat and get caught, lying only makes it worse.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    She must have gotten 'advice' from Hillary to stay with her she did when Bill was being bad in the Oval Office...after all, without that name attached to them, who would they be??? I would have hand respect for HIllary today if she divorced her husband after that fiasco...he lied to her and the American people. She should have sent an example for all men who fool around on their wives, but she didn't...and hence, Hillary as Secretary of State. I'd leave these men if I were married to them!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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