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Weiner's wife sends out fundraising email

Huma Abedin, the once publicity-shy wife of mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, emailed a fundraising pitch on her husband's behalf to about 100 of her "personal" friends, according to a copy of the message.

The solicitation is the latest sign that Abedin, a trusted behind-the-scenes aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton and who shunned the limelight, intends to take an active role to help her husband get elected New York City's 109th mayor.

"You probably never thought you'd receive an email like this from me, and I never imagined I would be sending a note to friends about a mayor's race," Abedin emailed with the subject line "Favor . . ."

"I've spent most of my adult life working to help the people and causes I believe in, though I have always tried to remain behind the scenes," the note said.

First, Abedin -- whose pregnancy was revealed as Weiner's congressional career cratered in 2011 over a sexting-and-lying scandal -- appeared in a YouTube video in May in which Weiner launched his candidacy.

She hosted cocktails on the Upper East Side at a "Women for Anthony" fundraiser last week and plans to join the hustings, Weiner has said.

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