Updated, 1:49 p.m. | Mr. Weiner was spotted a short time ago getting into his car in Queens to head to the news conference without his wife.
With anticipation building for Representative Anthony Weiner’s 2 p.m. news conference, one question has taken hold: Will his wife appear at his side?
Mr. Weiner is expected to announce his resignation in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, where his political career began 20 years ago. The speech he will deliver will touch on his political and personal journey.
But the real suspense is about his spouse, Huma Abedin.
A top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ms. Abedin has been all but invisible as Mr. Weiner has become engulfed in the explosive scandal, which has unraveled his career and alienated his colleagues in the House.
She arrived home from a trip to the Middle East and North Africa early Wednesday and headed to the couple’s home in Washington, D.C.
Some have suggested that Ms. Abedin, 35, represents a new generation of wives who feel less obligation to present a supportive face to the public when their husbands misbehave. That would be unlike, say, Silda Wall Spitzer, who appeared slightly dazed in 2008 as her husband, Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer, met the cameras over the revelations that he was patronizing prostitutes.
But one hint to her plans: Ms. Abedin was spotted with Mr. Weiner on Thursday for the first time since the revelations broke, heading into their apartment in Kew Gardens, Queens, as he prepared for his news conference.