In an interview on Meet the Press this morning, Anthony Weiner would not say whether his high-profile wife would re-join him on the campaign trail again.
Mr. Weiner, speaking with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, said he doesn’t know if his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, will be at his side, including on Election Day Tuesday.
“I don’t know, I mean, you know I’m walking a fine line,” Mr. Weiner said when asked about Ms. Abedin, who last joined Mr. Weiner at a July press conference in the wake of new sexting revelations. “You have, as the reporter, you have an appetite for the Huma side of the story. I want to talk about issues that are important to the middle class and the issues that citizens care about.”
With his poll numbers plummeting in the wake of revelations that he continued sexting long after he resigned from Congress, Mr. Weiner rekindled the media frenzy surrounding his mayoral candidacy last week when he shouted down a heckler in Brooklyn. The heckler, according to video released by the Weiner campaign, had called his wife “an Arab.” Mr. Weiner would subsequently claimed he was defending his wife’s honor.
Ms. Guthrie noted that Ms. Abedin was a “key part” of Mr. Weiner’s early campaign and now appears absent from his effort.
“Does she kind of regret being so publicly with your campaign because she’s paid a high price for that?” Ms. Guthrie asked.
“That’s for sure, that’s for sure, and an unfair one,” said Mr. Weiner. “I don’t think she did anything wrong.”
Mr. Weiner’s appearance on Meet the Press, one of the most venerated of the Sunday shows, drew controversy in the media world, with some wondering whether Mr. Weiner, who is trailing in the polls behind the three leading Democrats, should have been invited to appear without the other candidates.
“Why is ‘Meet the Press’ giving Anthony Weiner, by all accounts an also-ran, a one-on-one interview the Sunday before the mayoral primary?” tweeted Daily News opinion editor Josh Greenman yesterday.