Anthony Weiner Hints at Hillary Clinton 2016 Run
(NEW YORK) -- Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner may have let slip former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s plans to run for president in 2016. In an interview with Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith on Monday, Weiner said he knew what role his wife Huma Abedin will play in Clinton’s 2016 campaign, suggesting a Clinton presidential run is indeed in the cards.
“I do,” replied Weiner, when asked directly by Smith about whether his wife will have a role in a 2016 Clinton campaign. Weiner demurred however when pressed to specify exactly what his wife’s role will be.
“I’m not telling you,” he said to laughter from the audience.
Weiner added that his most recent sexting scandal has damaged his wife’s professional position.
“I feel that what I’ve done has hurt her,” he said. “It’s hurt her professionally, it’s hurt her personally.”
Abedin, a top adviser to Clinton and long-time family friend, is due to take a lengthy vacation from her job with the former secretary of state and first lady. It is unclear when she will return.
The Clintons are thought to be unhappy with Weiner for continuing his mayoral campaign amid his latest sexting scandal.
“This isn’t a story that anybody, particularly the Clintons, are happy to see splashed over the front pages and all over the news relentlessly,” former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers told CBS’ Face the Nation in late July.
“I think they as much as anyone would like to see this go away,” Myers said.
Weiner says he hasn’t spoken to the Clintons in months.
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