Dems Wait for Weiner's Wife to Nudge Him Out

Huma Adebin may persuade husband to quit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2011 3:30 AM CDT
Democrats Hoping Wife Huma Abedin Will Persuade Anthony Weiner to Resign
Huma Abedin, aide to Hillary Clinton, leaves the Ethiopian prime minister's compound in Addis Ababa yesterday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, POOL)

(Newser) – House Democrats didn't take any steps to punish Anthony Weiner after a closed-door caucus meeting yesterday, but more than one lawmaker said they were waiting for his wife to get home and hopefully convince him to step down. Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, arrived back from a State Department trip last night, and may be prepared to persuade him to step down, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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"Hopefully, we're hearing he might resign in a couple of days," said fellow New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. "He's waiting for his wife to come home. That's what we're hearing from his friends." Before yesterday's meeting, some Democrats had suggesting stripping Weiner—who plans to enter therapy before returning to Congress—of his committee assignments or even voting to expel him from the caucus, but neither step ended up being discussed. (Read more Anthony Weiner stories.)

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