Huma Abedin's Devotion to Anthony Weiner a Familiar Subplot

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Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter's wife Wendy similarly stood in front of the media to declare "in most any other marriage, this would have been a private issue between a husband and a wife," after her husband was found to be on the call list of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey's escort service in 2007.

And former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who is also hoping for redemption in the New York City comptroller race after he resigned in disgrace for soliciting high-dollar prostitutes, has also said that his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, would campaign with him, although she has yet to be seen on the trail.

And the list goes on.

But others take the hard line, like Jenny Sanford, who divorced her husband, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (recently re-elected to Congress), after he disappeared to Argentina for a rendezvous with another woman.

Abedin's choice, McCarthy said, likely reflects her belief that Weiner can change.

"That it is a personal decision, it's not a public vote," he said, "and it sounds like she believes that this secret sexual behavior can be confronted successfully."

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