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How Political Wives Have Responded to Cheating Husbands

Jul 25 2013 - 7:45pm

Huma Abedin [1], wife of former congressman and current NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, has been getting a lot of attention this week for sticking by her husband in the wake of a second scandal. The former aide to Hillary Clinton spoke at Weiner's press conference earlier this week, which was held to address inappropriate communications he had with another woman since resigning from Congress. Weinergate 2.0 [2] comes after a similar 2011 scandal that involved Weiner sending scandalous and embarrassing photos of himself via Twitter to women and lying about it.

Huma joins a list of political wives who have seen their spouses stray in a very public way. Like her former boss, Hillary, she's choosing to work it out. But that's not always the case. Find out who stuck by their wandering politicians and who kicked them to the curb with a look at quotes straight from these women.

Hillary Clinton

"You know, I'm not sitting here — some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him, and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together. And you know, if that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him."

Hillary Clinton stayed strong [3] during a 1992 interview. Her husband, Bill, was accused of infidelity long before the Monica Lewinsky affair.

Jenny Sanford

"I wouldn't have. If he had asked me, I would have said no."

The wife of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford told Barbara Walters [4] that she never thought about standing by her man.

Maria Shriver

"This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect, and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."

Maria Shriver released a brief statement [5] after news broke that Arnold Schwarzenegger [6] fathered a love child with their housekeeper. She's reportedly moving forward with the divorce.

Silda Spitzer

"All of us face challenges in life. But we still have to use our internal power to move forward and try to respond the best we can, keeping in clear sight what is important to us."

Eliot Spitzer's wife told Vogue [7] why she decided to stay with her husband following his prostitution scandal.

Elizabeth Edwards

"He made this one mistake."

The late Elizabeth Edwards originally decided to stay with husband John [8], but she later left him.

Michelle Paige Paterson

“Like most marriages, you go through certain difficult periods. What's important is for your kids to see you worked them out."

Former NY governor David Paterson's [9] wife acknowledged not only her husband's infidelity, but also her own when he took office.

Huma Abedin

"Our marriage, like many others, has had its ups and its downs. It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage. That was a decision I made for me, for our son, and for our family."

Huma spoke at Anthony Weiner's July 23 press conference and said that she will be standing by Weiner [10] through his newest scandal.

Wendy Vitter

"David is my best friend. Some people said to me they wouldn't want to be in my shoes. I stand before you to say I am proud to be Wendy Vitter. To forgive is not only always the easy choice, but it was the right choice for me."

The wife of Louisiana senator David Vitter [11] said she was still proud to be married to him following his prostitution scandal.

Donna Hanover

"Today's turn of events brings me great sadness. I had hoped that we could keep this marriage together. For several years, it was difficult to participate in Rudy's public life because of his relationship with one staff member."

Following their divorce announcement [12], then mayor Rudy Giuliani's wife, Donna Hanover, called him out outside of their home, Gracie Mansion, for an affair with his staff member.


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