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Jun082011

Weiner's Wife Still Supports Him, Tries to Salvage His Career

Dimitrios Kambouris/VF11/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Huma Abedin, devastated, but still committed to her husband New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, has told friends she hopes to help him survive the sexting scandal amidst calls for his resignation.

Weiner confessed Monday to lying about sending a photo of his crotch via Twitter to 21-year-old Seattle college student Gennette Cordova and five other women in the last three years.

Friends say that Abedin, who is a top aide to Hillary Clinton, did know that Weiner had a "problem" before their marriage, but he promised he was past that.

Weiner, 46, and Abedin, 34, have only been married 11 months.

Abedin, say friends and colleagues, still believes she can salvage his political career and wants to help him do that. Friends say she has been leaning on and getting advice from her boss, Hillary Clinton, and her sister.

Abedin left Wednesday night for the Middle East with Clinton and has been by her side constantly. Efforts by ABC News to reach her for comment have been unsuccessful.

The friends say that although she has been looking anguished, Abedin has otherwise not wavered in her high-intensity job as Clinton's closest aide. They added that the secretary of state and Abedin are equally devastated by the scandal.

Weiner, himself, told reporters Monday, "We have no intention of splitting over this. We have been through a lot together. We will weather this. I love her. She loves me."

"He's in deep, deep trouble," said Judy Kuriansky, a psychologist who specializes in relationships and teaches at Teachers College, Columbia University.

"This is really horrendous -- this puts her in an extremely compromised position," said Kuriansky. "Whatever she decides to do, I believe she is consulting with Hillary."

"To my mind, psychologically, she has other people to please and this happens with other wives," she said. "You must take that into account."

The Weiners have no children, which may shape Abedin's ultimate decision, according to Kuriansky.

"Whether there are children involved and the length of the marriage, those are the really big ones," she said. "There is the real world and the economic bargain. But I don't think that's a problem here. She has her own life and has her own career and money."

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