By Dana Bash, CNN
NEW YORK - Anthony Weiner is not alone as he tries to keep his political career afloat through another sexting scandal. His wife, Huma Abedin, is standing by his side.
On Tuesday, she spoke up in his defense.
In the annals of political wives standing by their men, this was unprecedented.
"Anthony has made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress and after, but I do very strong believe that-that is between us and our marriage," Huma said Tuesday.
In her carefully chosen words, she telegraphed so much.
"It was not an easy choice but i made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage. That was a decision I made for me, for our son and for our family," she said.
It was extraordinary that she spoke at all. Until now, it was just the picture that signaled if a politician in trouble had support of his wife.
Then-governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford stood alone as he explained his affair.
But other wives did participate silently. Louisiana Senator David Vitter's wife, as he was accused of sleeping with prostitutes.
Former Idaho Senator Larry Craig's wife, in the face of allegations he was trolling for sex in an airport bathroom.
And former Governor Elliot Spitzer's wife after he admitted to seeing high priced prostitutes, a scene that prompted an entire TV series the good wife.
Huma Abedin is no stranger to personal problems playing out on the political stage. For decades, she's been a key behind the scenes confidante of politics' most famous scorned woman, Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton officiated at her wedding.
Hillary Clinton is quoted as saying, "I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would [be] Huma."
Despite being notoriously private, Huma is s incredibly savvy, knowing full well the potential impact of this moment.
"I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward," she said.