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Anthony Weiner’s Whereabouts

Where was he while NY-9 was going down in flames?

By 9.16.11

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Americans of a political cast of mind have focused this week on New York where Bob Turner, a Republican, was wrestling with David Weprin, a Democrat, for the seat vacated by Rep. Anthony Weiner (pronounced just as you would expect) owing to the public's distaste for Weiner's sending pictures of his best friend to women whom he hardly knew. Incidentally the seat has been in Democratic control since 1923. It went 54 percent to 46 percent to Mr. Turner, despite 1,000 Democratic apparatchiks hauling voters to the polls.

Yet where was Mr. Weiner during this race? Well, The American Spectator has had its investigative team following him and they report from posh Positano, Italy, along the Amalfi coast, that last week he dined with his wife Huma Abedin and a very cosmopolitan party at a very upscale restaurant, La Sponda. Mr. Weiner appeared subdued, but Huma was rather vociferous and denouncing the prudery of America to her polyglot companions. She objected to the provinciality of America, talking about the country as though this were 1924 and Anthony Comstock were burning licentious books. Apparently her dinner mates approved of her husband's hobby. Maybe it was an international photography club for exhibitionists, though our crew reports that all were fully dressed.

Of course Huma is a State Department employee, and an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has had many of the same problems with her hubby. Yet should Huma be speaking ill of the country she serves in a public setting abroad, at least a public setting that was not a nudist camp or a recovery point for sex offenders? And will she be reporting her grand dinner on her financial reports to the State Department? At the hotel where she was staying, Le Sirenuse, even a short stay can easily run several thousand dollars. Then too, it costs hundreds of dollars for a couple to dine out there, and they started at the Champagne and oyster bar! Who was paying for them? Anthony is out of work, though he was a great scold to the entire Republican Party when in office. Was it the Democratic National Committee paying to get Mr. Weiner out of the country for the election or was it someone else? A foreign power?

We shall await Huma's filing.

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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn't Work: Social Democracy's Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery.