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Weiner wouldn’t have been in race without wife by his side

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Without Huma Abedin publicly forgiving him, it is unlikely that Anthony Weiner would be running to become New York’s next mayor.

“If his wife had not been by his side, Weiner’s hot dog would be cooked,” said Ana Navarro, a Republican political consultant and CNN contributor.

From the start of Weiner’s campaign, Huma Abedin’s blessing had been critical. Once Weiner acknowledged a desire to run for mayor, a year after the former New York congressman resigned over a sexting scandal in 2011, Abedin blessed her husband’s political aspirations in a number of high profile interviews.

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And on Tuesday, after another round of sexting allegations emerged, Abedin once again stood beside him and publicly announced her forgiveness.

“It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony,” Abedin said. “It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage.”

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Political consultants, psychologists and crisis communicators all give different opinions on why Abedin, a powerful Washington adviser and close confidant to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, publicly forgave her husband.

But by standing next to Weiner on Tuesday, Abedin joins a long line of political wives – including Clinton, her mentor – who stood next to their men as they answered questions about sexual impropriety.

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