His wife was right there at his side in 2008 as then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer admitted in a 2008 news conference to having patronized prostitutes.
Five years later, Huma Abedin stood by her man, Anthony Weiner, at another news conference this week as he conceded that he hadn't kicked his sexting habit after it forced him from Congress in 2011.
In both cases, many of us were asking how and why Abedin and Silda Wall Spitzer would even be seen in the same room with husbands who had betrayed and embarrassed them.
And the tone with which the question was sometimes posed suggested that what we were really saying was, “Dump the scoundrel now!”
What has to be remembered is it's no one's place but the wives' to decide whether and how to salvage their marriages.
In recent days, at least one TV commentator suggested that maybe there were calculated reasons for Abedin to appear at the news conference and defend the former congressman-turned-aspiring mayor of New York. Maybe what was foremost in her mind, according to this line of speculation, was reviving his flagging poll numbers in the mayoral race.
But what is so wrong with that? If Abedin is committed to saving her marriage, it would make sense she would likewise support Weiner in his dreams of becoming mayor of our nation's largest city.
Television personality Star Jones had it exactly right a few nights ago on CNN when she said Abedin made the ultimate expression of feminism. She could have been a no-show at the news conference, could have refused to say anything on his behalf. But for her own reasons, she chose to speak for him.
And if you happened to listen to her, you didn't hear her mince words in saying that Weiner has issues that need to be fixed.
The more pertinent question is whether Weiner and Spitzer get to salvage their political careers later this year. While Weiner runs for mayor, Spitzer will seek the office of New York controller.
Fortunately, Huma Abedin and Silda Wall Spitzer won't be deciding that issue. Voters will.