In an attempt to woo the women of New York on behalf of her husband Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin held the first posh fundraiser for "Women For Anthony" — the first event she's spearheaded since announcing her support for his comeback over a month ago — in an attempt to make them forget about the former women "for" Anthony. (Convenient timing, as the long-awaited Times piece only arrived four days ago.)
At $175 per head, some of the attendees admitted to still being ambivalent about Weiner since his sexting scandal, but, as one woman said, "I'm here to listen." About 100 guests, including Reem Acra, Rory Tahari, Cheryl Saban (wife of Clinton backer Haim Saban) were there.
Weiner himself gave a speech about how excellent Huma would be as the First Lady of New York (no arguments there), and cracked a joke about the Gay Pride Parade: "You have not lived until you have walked through a Gay Pride parade with someone named Weiner.” Hurk, hurk.
Outside, Caitlin Reilly, a protestor from the National Organization for Women, explained her distrust for Weiner: "I do think that he abused his power, and that triggers me." When Weiner walked by, she shouted, "Women need leaders, not porn Tweeters!" But she left before Abedin came outside. "I didn't want to throw this in her face."
Weiner actually hasn't been polling too badly on women's approval ratings: the latest data from Marist College shows him at around 22%.
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