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. "Y"

    I hope Connie and Maury aren't next.......

    June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mabrouk

    Weiner, and none of these men referenced are saints, or should they be held as saints. We all have errors in judgement. While I cannot condone the seeming stupidity of posting lewd pictures, or the taking of them, this is a private matter that has been thrust in the public arena.

    Marriage may or may not be obsolete and monogamy may be too much of an ask for some people, but that is the decision of the people involved in the relationship.

    His wife should stay or leave based on her considerations. Let them talk about it and decide as a family. America should shut-up and stay out of these people's business.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      NOT if you're a public person

      June 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Didi

    Dump him! I only hope she's not taking advice from Hillary. She can do better.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Not your damn business

    The media should not stick it's nose in someone's private business. Go back to reporting issues that really matter.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cross1125

      These are public figures who are supposed to lead us.
      Their behaviors are closely related to our lives.
      If they don't behave responsibly then it become My problem as well.
      Maybe not yours.

      June 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    I think Hillary will want to keep her all for herself, she is kind of cute. I would not take her advice.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    Wow, all the pics I've seen are her she's gorgeous...what was he thinking?

    June 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DD

    If he can't be loyal to his wife, how can he be expected to be loyal to the people? "The way of the leader, the way of the fower

    June 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dd

    It's no wonder our country is so screwed up (pun intended) look at the leaders! They are selfish cheating liers

    June 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anita

    This frenzied focus is contributing to the sidetracking of issues that are really important to the country. Education, jobs, healthcare, foreign policy, etc etc. I don't care what anyone does in their personal lives.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • cross1125

      Please do not post shallow comments.
      I suggest you think about the relationship between us and them who are so called "leaders".
      If their personal lives stink, it's gonna hurt you and the people you know eventually.
      GET IT?

      June 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Betsy

    The media has not risen above the threshold. It throws so many stones at
    this guy. But please explain to me the following :
    1. The TV show ' the two and a half men' is highly rated. Why this political and
    real Charles is criticized as much ? 2. So many people speak on behalf of his wife without even knowing much of her, while she is traveling all the time. What if their marriage is more of a political union like that with Bill and Hillary ? 3. What if this congressman was smart enough to display his chest at a beach or a baseball game to a bigger audience or even TV audience ? 4. The Capitol Hill should not be a place for monks only. What are their off-hour activities ? 5. What is the career of the sick guys doing nothing else but monitoring other people's twitter messages ?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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