So what was Mr. Huma Abedin doing after his retirement from politics and before his return to public life? The early profiles suggested that he sat around all day moping on the couch and learning how to speak entirely in cliches from self-help books. The reality is that he made more money than his wife did by cashing in on two liberal boondoggles.
ObamaCare and Green Energy.
Anthony Weiner’s post-scandal career is an education in crony capitalism and progressive payoffs.
Anthony D. Weiner has demystified the details of the 906-page Affordable Care Act for an electronic medical records company.
He has counseled a biofuel firm about expansion into the emerging markets of Latin America and Africa. And he has plunged into the world of start-ups with his own green energy business…
During an interview, he proudly declared that “I am a good capitalist.”
Weiner has the same career as every second politician, exploiting his insider status and political experience to help companies find ways to cash in on government subsidies and programs.
That’s not good capitalism. That’s crony capitalism.
As he weighs whether to leap into the race for mayor this year, Mr. Weiner’s lucrative stint in business could serve as a compelling campaign credential, blunting efforts to portray him as a career politician, even as it raises uncomfortable questions about the speed with which he cashed in on his government connections.
Best credential ever. Vote for me and afterward I’ll find ways to cash in on all the policies that I claimed were needed for your own good.
He and his wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, disclosed last week that they had a combined income of $496,000 in 2012, most of it from Mr. Weiner’s work. The money provided a lifestyle-changing infusion for the couple, who moved from a modest home in Forest Hills, Queens, to a large apartment on Park Avenue South in Manhattan.
So hilariously, being forced to resign made Weiner and Abedin rich.
On six different occasions during the interview, he marveled at his own aptitude for business. “I found I am pretty good at it,” he said at one point, adding that he “didn’t have to do very much or work very hard to drum up business.”
“Things kind of came over the transom,” he explained.
Call me a horrible cynic, but what are the odds that the transom was part of Weiner’s retirement package? Stop protesting and apologizing and resign… and we’ll send you a whole lot of lucrative consulting gigs.
Mr. Weiner has advised Covington & Burling as it seeks to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to relax its long-standing objections to major foreign investment in the broadcast industry.
Covington & Burling, Holder’s old law firm, represented quite a few of the Gitmo terrorists. It has an extensive presence in the Middle East, with an entire branch specializing in, among other things, Islamic law, and has worked with the Saudi, Qatari and Pakistani governments. It has offices in Saudi Arabia where the Abedins hang out.
Nothing to see here. Not a thing.