We recently watched Weiner, the documentary of Anthony Weiner’s 2013 New York mayoral election. Obviously the story quickly turned to his personal life instead, focusing on his photo scandals. It was kind of like a car crash; you know you probably shouldn’t look, but you can’t help yourself.
The figure that is heartbreaking through all this is Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton. It is clear she despises her husband and does not want to participate in either his campaign or the documentary. It’s incredibly sad because Weiner seems to have passion for his beliefs and desire to serve people while in public office, he can’t seem to move beyond his compulsions.
Toward the end of the film, one of Weiner’s former sexting partners shows up at his election night in an attempt to confront him. While there is no on-screen confrontation, the cameras follow her chasing him through a restaurant and it all seems really sensational and tawdry, much like Weiner himself.