[Updated] John Edwards pleaded not guilty Friday to secretly spending almost $1 million to hide his mistress and their baby from the public during his 2008 presidential run. “There is no question that I have done wrong,” Edwards said, “but I did not break the law.” (source)
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I like John Edwards because he’s got ‘that look’ about him. A man who can’t be trusted, but a pretty good time nonetheless. But that is not the main reason why I like Edwards. No. My almost love for the former Senator spirals out of a basic, primal instinct, and has very little to do with the fundamental John we all once thought we knew (and loved) and who now most of us despise. When I look at Edwards, I suddenly feel great comfort in my own life, because everything ethically questionable, morally slippery, or just flat-out douchebag thing I’ve ever done cannot compare to the shame and misery that has, and should have, fallen onto the head of Mr. Edwards.
Although today’s John Edwards story is about campaign finance violations, and about how the U.S. Department of Justice has given the Edwards’ prosecution team the ‘go ahead’ to move forward, all of this man’s ills lead back to his shitty, boneheaded, and unconscionable actions he took starting in 2006, after he’d announced he’d be running for president.
According to North Carolina station ABC11, Edwards will be indicted in the campaign finance violations case. According to WRAL News, reported on Tuesday, “…that a major development would occur in the next two weeks. It could be an indictment or perhaps a plea deal. Sources said it’s unlikely that prosecutors would walk away from the case.”
And this all leads back to one of our modern day’s ugliest affairs and ‘fallen from grace’ situations. To think I would have voted for Edwards in 2008, had he won the Democratic nomination. The first few months in the White House, and the filth would have been rolling forth: a sick, dying wife to a president who’d been banging a former actress as he was gearing up for a presidential run. The episcopalian crowd would have dug out their pitchforks and met at the nearest Pizza Hut to have a serious meeting over steaming pepperoni pizza about Edwards’ ungodly and liberal transgression.
According to the AP: “Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter has sued former campaign aide Andrew Young to have a sex tape and other items returned to her. Young has said he helped cover up Edwards’ affair during the 2008 presidential campaign and worked for months to keep Hunter in hiding.
Edwards has admitted to the affair and fathering Hunter’s child. She worked as a videographer in 2006 for Edwards’ political action committee.”
And WRAL writes: “Former Edwards aide Andrew Young wrote in his tell-all book, “The Politician,” that heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon gave Edwards a total of $700,000 as a gift. The so-called “Bunny money” helped fund the cover-up of Edwards’ affair with video producer Rielle Hunter, who was pregnant with the former U.S. senator’s child.
Political observers have said the money was a campaign contribution and should have been noted in Edwards’ campaign finance reports.”
All in all, it’s possible John Edwards is a nice guy who got caught up in a relatively serious transgression which then, in turn, grew like a cancer and became so bloated and unruly that it forced Edwards to make his awkward and infamous announcement:
“I am Quinn’s father . … It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me.”
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