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Lanny Davis: Huma Abedine's Forgiveness of Weiner 'Genuine'

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 05:00 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Huma Abedine, the wife of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is in deep agony over the escalating sex scandal engulfing her husband, but remains determined to save their marriage, the former special counsel to Bill Clinton says.

"I know Huma and I know the pain that she's going through … She's almost to me like a daughter and I am preoccupied with her pain," Lanny Davis told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"My view here is that these are two people who are struggling to save a marriage, to save a family. She cares very much about both of those."

Davis who knows Abedine from her work as a top aide to First Lady Hillary Clinton, said her declaration that she has forgiven her husband, who sexted countless women with explicit messages and nude photos on Twitter, is genuine.

"In a very powerful way she [said she] loves her husband, she forgives her husband, and that's good enough for her. Now other people might not find that good enough for them," Davis said.

"They are entitled and it's ultimately a judgment of every voter in New York City who's voting for mayor whether it's good enough for them.

"Nobody can understand love or a relationship or what happens inside a marriage … I happen to strongly believe … that this is an authentic, sincere, heartfelt statement."

Weiner, who stepped down as a Congressman two years ago when the lurid sexting scandal emerged, admitted Thursday to having lurid, online sex chats with as many as three women since his resignation.

Weiner said he believed he’s had contact with a total of six to 10 women — double or more than his original estimate, which was no more than three women.

On Tuesday, during an emotional press conference, both Weiner and Abedine addressed reporters about a website’s new revelations about a woman contacted by Weiner last summer, long after he first underwent counseling.

Weiner, who once led in the polls, has dropped out of first place since Tuesday’s revelations, a new poll shows.

Asked if he would advise Weiner to leave the race as newspapers, including The New York Times, and numerous politicians have urged him to do, Davis said:

"I never tell somebody to drop out of a race … I remember Hillary Clinton being criticized for not dropping out of the [presidential] race after she won 17 straight primaries or whatever the number was in every major state," he said.

"I said the same thing then that I would say to Mr. Weiner today: that's your decision, the voters will ultimately render the verdict."

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