Regarding the July 25 front-page article “A wronged wife, a defiant defender,” about former congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin:
Why do male politicians think that trotting out their wives to be publicly humiliated at a news conference will win them votes? While the status of Mr. Weiner and Ms. Abedin’s marriage is their own business, I will never vote for a politician who would degrade his wife in such a way and put me in the position of cringing as I watch. Enough already! These men need to stand on their own two feet at their press conferences, instead of dragging their elegant wives into the gutter with them.
Joyce LaVacca, Falls Church
It’s called fidelity for a reason. The word comes from the Latin for faith, and in common language it refers to being honest with one’s spouse. The concept is closely tied to that of integrity — being of one mind, not duplicitous. If a man seeking public office lies to his wife, or engages in lewd conduct behind her back, repeatedly while claiming innocence — what possible reason do we have to believe that he would not lie repeatedly to everyone else? The Anthony Weiner saga is nothing new, but it defies logic that anyone could trust such a person with any important moral or civic responsibilities.