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 todayâs 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.
Dina McGreeveyÂ – As Dina McGreeveyÂ silently stood next to her husband at a 2004Â 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 McGreeveyÂ acknowledged he was gay. The two later had a bitter divorce and Dina McGreevey penned a book about their life.
Wendy VitterÂ – Wendy Vitter'sÂ 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 confessionalÂ news conference in 2007. Today, the Vitters remain married and show not all political sex scandals end in divorce.
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 saysÂ she and JohnÂ tried hard to salvage their union.