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Anthony Weiner, 'Carlos Danger,' and the tawdry opera of a new scandal (+video)

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When he could no longer sustain his denials, however, he admitted he had lied, resigning the New York congressional seat he had won seven times, each with a majority of not less than 59 percent. Weiner also announced he would enter professional treatment – another leitmotif of scandal.

Yet two years after his humiliating downfall, Weiner crafted a startling return, announcing in May a run for the city's top office – a position to which he had long aspired. He was leading or near the top of most polls when the sequel to the 2011 scandal opened Tuesday.

Huma Abedin, a protégé and close confidant of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former US secretary of State and potential Democratic nominee for president in 2016 – not to mention a veteran of the kind of drama that played out Tuesday – stood by her husband.

"Anthony's made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress, and after," said a visibly nervous Ms. Abedin at Tuesday's new conference at Gay Men’s Health Crisis headquarters in Manhattan. "But I do very strongly believe that that is between us, and our marriage. We discussed all of this before Anthony decided he would run for mayor. So really what I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward."

Again admitting her husband's dalliances continued after his resignation from Congress, Abedin, who was pregnant with their first child during the 2011 scandal, said their marriage 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," she said. "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."

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