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Huma Abedin Takes Leave From Job; Anthony Weiner Goes To Rehab

It has been quiet in the world of Weiner, and for good reason.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, his wife Huma Abedin, and Congress have been planning their next move post-sexting scandal -- and those plans have finally surfaced.

Abedin, who is pregnant with the couple's first child, plans to take time off from her senior job with the State Department as well as some time off from her husband by heading to an undisclosed location.

"She is definitely taking time off away from her husband and chilling" a source said.

There has been no immediate confirmation from the State Department about Abedin taking time off.

As for Weiner, according to the New York Post, he plans to head to a rehabilitation program.

"It is going to be a bit intense" said of the program by a House Democrat who still remains in touch with Weiner.

This intense rehab is in, of course, response to Weiner's publicized sexting scandal.

After accidentally posting an enlarged picture of his groin onto Twitter, Weiner found himself in a whirlwind scandal that seemed never ending. Woman after woman and picture after picture surfaced confirming Weiner was in fact having online sexting relationships with multiple women.

On this, it seems it was Weiner's lies that also put him in the bad favor of the public.

"It was essentially a hacked account" lied Weiner on the photo "I can't say...where the photo came from."

Weiner, who was once thought of as a possible front-runner for mayor, was left with no other option but to resign from Congress on June 16th.

The question on everyone's mind is: who will replace Weiner?

There is a lot of name dropping going around in regards to his empty seat. Those names include, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Judge Noach Dear, Councilman Mark Weprin and his brother Assemblyman David Weprin..

Although everyone has their pick it will be, representative of New York's 7th Congressional District, Queens Democratic Chairman Joe Crowle who will have the final say in his party's candidate. The spot was indeed previously held by a member of Democratic party however it is possible, in this special election, that a Republican could be chosen to fill the open seat in Congress. One of those Republicans being Gary Ackerman (D-NY5).

According to the Post, Weiner is hoping to have some influence in deciding which Democratic candidate will run to fill his seat.

"I can't imagine he's going to have any say in it" said Assemblyman David Weprin.

A senior Queens Democrat seemed to agree with Weprin on the matter when he said, "I don't think anybody's taking him seriously. People feel sorry for him."

The special election is expected to take place later this year on September 13.

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