By Meghashyam Mali - 08/13/13 10:45 AM EDT
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on Monday said his wife Huma Abedin would have a role in a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid but acknowledged that his sexting scandals had hurt his spouse “personally” and “professionally.”
Asked if he knew what role Abedin would play in a possible Clinton campaign, Weiner replied, “I do. … I’m not telling you,” in an interview with the CNN BuzzFeed YouTube channel.
Weiner, who is seeking to revive his political career with his campaign for New York City mayor, admitted revelations that he had continued to send lewd messages to women long after similar behavior forced him from Congress had been difficult on his wife.
“I feel that what I've done has hurt her, yeah. It's hurt her professionally. It's hurt her personally,” he said.
“She's gotten roughed up, and it's been completely unfair in my view,” Weiner added.
Abedin has publicly defended her husband and stood by him. Some have questioned if the Weiner scandal could hurt Abedin’s standing with the Clinton camp.
Weiner said he had last spoken to the Clintons “months ago.”
Former President Clinton declined to weigh in on the Weiner campaign or the New York City mayoral race earlier this month, telling a reporter that “neither Hillary or I was ever involved in the political campaign.”
“There are too many people running for mayor who have been my supporters, who supported her for senator, her for president," said Clinton.
Weiner’s campaign has been in freefall, with him falling to fourth place in most polls, well behind front-runner Christine Quinn, the New York City council speaker, since additional revelations about his sexting.
But Weiner suggested he had no regrets about his mayoral campaign, saying that the couple had made a “calculated decision” on whether voters were willing to forgive him and focus on the issues.
He said that he was still in therapy, admitting that he goes to “see my therapist when I can. It’s tough on the campaign trail.”
Weiner has faced calls from a number of top Democrats urging him to step down from the race but has said he will continue to campaign. In his first television ad released on Monday, he said that “powerful voices” were trying to silence him and vowed to fight back.