New York: Huma Abedin, an aide to US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been sucked into the
scandal involving her husband New York congressman Anthony
Weiner, who had admitted to having sexually explicit online
conversations with at least six women.
35-year-old Abedin`s father was an Islamic scholar of
Indian-descent while her mother, a sociologist, was originally
from Pakistan.She was born in Michigan and spent her childhood
in Saudi Arabia before returning for college to the US.
Parallels are being drawn between Abedin and her
boss Clinton, who also had to deal with her husband`s affair
with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Abedin currently
serves as deputy chief of staff to Clinton.
The New York Times reported, last week, Abedin was in
the early stages of pregnancy. They have been married for less
than a year.
"She was very unhappy, she was very disappointed,
and she told me as much. And she also told me that she loved
me and we`re going to get through this," Weiner said about the
present status of the marriage in a news conference, according
to the `USA Today`.
46-year-old Weiner has said the couple will not split
up but Abedin has kept quiet on the matter so far. The
politician had tweeted a salacious photograph of himself on
twitter to a woman in Seattle.
Despite calls for his resignation, the politician has
refused and instead checked himself into rehab for treatment.
As a White House intern in 1996, Abedin was
assigned to the first lady`s office and has reportedly been
close to Clinton since then.
Many pundits in the US have speculated like her boss,
Abedin will not detach herself from her cheating husband, to
advance her political career. Others have said that Abedin
should not be pulled into her husband`s mess.
The Weiner affair has grabbed the media spotlight
in the US displacing the scandal of Dominique-Strauss Kahn for
the time being.
The Weiner scandal is the latest in a series to
hit the US. Recently, it was revealed California governor and
actor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a son with a housemaid.
John Edwards, former North Carolina senator who
was a nominee for presidential office in 2008, has been
indicted for violating campaign finance laws by using funds to
keep his mistress and child hidden from public.
Edwards has been severely criticised for having an
affair when his wife was being treated for cancer. He has been
indicted on six felony charges and can face up to 30 years in
prison, if convicted.