(AP) -- When Anthony Weiner apologized for a sexting scandal and resigned from Congress in 2011, a key figure was absent: his wife, Huma Abedin (HOO'-mah AB'-eh-deen).
Weiner found himself making a public mea culpa again Tuesday for a newfound sexting scandal amid his New York City mayoral run. But this time, the Democrat was there to stay in, not bow out -- and Abedin was by his side.
The gossip website The Dirty posted X-rated text messages and a lewd photograph that it said Weiner exchanged with an unidentified woman. Weiner acknowledged sending such messages as recently as last summer, more than a year after his resignation from the House.
Abedin said she loves him, forgives him and believes in him.
Her message could prove important to shaping voters' views.