Edwards Admits To Affair With Rielle Hunter

As I predicted yesterday, the impact of John Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter on his role at the Democratic Convention has provided the mainstream media with a reason to cover the story after initially ignoring it. Additional newspapers covered the story today as Democratic leaders pressed Edwards for a response. After previously claiming that “The story is false, it’s completely untrue, it’s ridiculous, ” Edwards has now admitted to the affair. He denies the accusations that he is the father of Hunter’s child.

Edwards, sounding like a lawyer arguing a weak case before a jury, did stress the point that his wife’s cancer was in remission at the time of the affair–a fact which will likely do nothing to reduce the damage to his reputation. Should Edwards turn out to be the father, despite his denials, this would show that the affair continued after the recurrence of Elizabeth’s cancer. He also admits to a recent meeting in a hotel room with Hunter and, while he says Elizabeth was aware of the affair, he says she was unaware of this meeting. Edwards denies recent stories that he has been paying hush money to Hunter.

The entire story of the shady lawyer turned opportunistic politician whose integrity was already in question (except to supporters who placed partisanship over reality) being caught in such an affair while his wife is battling cancer sounds like a second rate political thriller. The irony is Rielle Hunter has already been a fictional character of sorts. As I posted a couple of days ago, Hunter had previously dated novelist Jay McInerney. McInerney modeled Allison Price, a drug using bimbo in his book Story of My Life, on Hunter. In an unusual cross appearance in books by different novelists, Bret Easton Ellis also used the character in two of his novels, American Psycho and Glamorama.


  1. 1
    PolticalWorld says:

    What a shame.  I knew something was wrong when he jumped out before Super Tuesday.

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    Jerry says:

    You know, I’m not a big believer in karma, but there might be something to it after all.  I won’t resort to name calling or “I told you so” or anything like that.  We are just very fortunate that Obama is the “presumptive nominee”.  Despite the dust-ups over Wright et al, we’ve dodged some pretty crippling bullets.
    Wait two seconds while Rush and his ilk work out how this makes Obama a worse person.  He did share the stage with this guy during the debates.  Maybe they shared a smile or a pat on the back!

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Given the situation where Obama, Clinton, and Edwards were considered the only viable candidates, I didn’t think there was any choice in the matter. Out of those three, Obama was the only one without serious negatives.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    With regards to saying, “I told you so” I’ll just refer back to my previous posts on Edwards while he was a candidate. For example: John Edwards, Phony

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    Robert Lewis says:

    Rielle Hunter of the John Edwards story:   The $9,644 lawsuit and her ex-husband, an attorney, and the son of JonBenet Ramsey murder case District Attorney Alex Hunter

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