Sneed: Hillary told Weiner’s wife he shouldn’t dip toe in political waters
By Michael Sneed July 25, 2013 7:14PM
New York City mayoral Anthony Weiner stands beside his wife Huma Abedin as he addresses the press about allegations of sexual text messages that continued after he resigned, prior to an appearance at the Gay Men's Health Crisis offices, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in New York. Weiner admitted to sending more text messages after his resignation, but said he plans to continue his run for mayor. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Updated: August 27, 2013 6:37AM
The good wife . . .
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must be cringing.
◆ To wit: The decision by Huma Abedin, Hillary’s pal and top advisor, to go on TV to back her icky, sexually sicky, sexting husband, Anthony Weiner .
◆ Upshot: Sneed hears Hillary, who was mortified by her husband’s own serious sexual misadventures, had been advising Huma and offering her solace — but telling her that she felt it was a crapshoot and probably not a good idea for Huma’s husband to stick his foot back into the political arena.
◆ Backshot: There were no videos floating around during former President Bill Clinton’s sexual scandal. Just Monica Lewinsky’s dress. (P.S. Lewinsky just turned 40.)
◆ Buckshot: Sneed is also told the Clintons have not contributed funds to Weiner’s campaign.
Watch for the worm to become fish bait.
British royal officials just released the following statement in regard to Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, choosing the names George Alexander Louis as the monikers for their first child.
◆ Thus . . . they were picked “because they liked them — no more no less,” the palace told the Brit press.
There ya go.
Posh tosh . . .
A fashion snip: President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan must stick in the craw of another famous femme — who is also a huge backer and fund-raiser for Obama — Vogue magazine rogue Anna Wintour, who was passed over for ambassadorial posts in Paris and London. Wintour was able to draw the international elite to stuff Obama’s campaign coffers. Ouch.
The royal punter . . .
Blimey! The winner of the “Great Kate Wait” sweepstakes amongst the scrum of press perched outside the London hospital where the royal baby was born is . . . the cameraman who had been there the longest!
◆ Translation: Sneed’s friend, AP cameraman Steve Padwick, who was the first to arrive on the small slab of hospital sidewalk stuffed with journalists for nearly three weeks, wagered 22 pounds ($34) the royal nipper would be born on his birthday, July 22 . . . and won!
“Unfortunately the 150 pounds [$230] baby booty had to be split amongst three of us, but not bad, eh?” chirped Padwick.
Let’s see . . . how much can $76 buy one in the massively expensive city of London?
The Snowden library . . .
Book schnook: How absolutely scripted for TV is the news NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is holed up in a Moscow airport awaiting asylum, was given Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” to read by his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.
The cup runneth over . . .
. . . and hither and yon: The Stanley Cup, now in the hands of our beloved Chicago Blachawks, is going to Springfield — where it showed up at the Capitol Building and the State Fair during the Blackhawks blitz in 2010.
Now watch for the silver chalice to show up . . .
◆ at a breakfast at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Monday morning.
◆ a private party for Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz’s beloved Aunt Betty, who is the daughter of legendary Wirtz Beverage founder Arthur Wirtz.
◆ at the 183rd Air National Guard Wing at Springfield’s airport.
Rocky’s way . . .
Sneed has learned Rocky Wirtz got a special phone call from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick when he was in town this week, thanking Rocky for his sportsmanship following the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win over the Boston Bruins. Rocky took out a full page ad in the Boston Globe thanking the Bruins for the hospitality and fair competition.
Early and often . . .
Think he could teach Chicago election bosses a thing or two? The Chicago Election Board had a special visitor on Thursday: Shri V. S. Sampath, the chief election commissioner for all of India — a country of 760 million voters, more than North America and South America combined -- where ballots are delivered by trucks, cycles, trains, boats, helicopters, camels, elephants, and Himalayan hikers.
Sneedlings . . .
Friday’s birthdays: Sandra Bullock, 49; Mick Jagger, 70, and Kevin Spacey, 54.