John Edwards, presumably to cadge a prime time speaking spot at the Democrat Convention, has confessed to 1) carrying on an affair with "documentary film maker" Rielle Hunter and 2) being caught with her in a Beverly Hills hotel last month by reporters from the National Enquirer. The made-for-Oprah confession will happen tonight on ABC.
John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extra-marital affair with a novice film-maker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.
In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff he did have an affair with 42-year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he did not love her.
Edwards also denied he was the father of Hunter's baby girl, Frances Quinn, although the one-time Democratic Presidential candidate said he has not taken a paternity test.
Edwards said he knew he was not the father based on timing of the baby's birth on February 27, 2008. He said his affair ended too soon for him to have been the father.
A former campaign aide, Andrew Young, has said he was the father of the child.
According to friends of Hunter, Edwards met her at a New York city bar in 2006. His political action committee later paid her $114,000 to produce campaign website documentaries despite her lack of experience.
Some of this is just too rich.
His defense seems to be in three parts, each aimed at a specific audience.
To his wife:
[Edwards] said that he did not love [Hunter].
Please, baby, call off the lawyers.
To his financial backers and supporters
Edwards said his wife, Elizabeth, and others in his family became aware of the affair in 2006...
Edwards made a point of telling Woodruff that his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter.
Hey, my wife knew about this and she stood by me so it's not any big deal. And she was in remission for chrissakes. It isn't like she had cancer or something.
To the rest of us schlubs he "confesses:"
Edwards today admitted the National Enquirer was correct when it reported he had visited Hunter at the Beverly Hills Hilton last month.
The former Senator said his wife had not known about the meeting.
Yeah, they caught me. Yeah, I lied. Oh, and the affair is over but my wife didn't know.
This is really pathetic. And I wouldn't spend time on this if Edwards weren't such a sleazy, dishonest, pompous, self-righteous twit. Really. But given the media's reluctance to cover a story that has been in play for nearly a year is simply inexcusable.
I really hope we've seen the last of this ambulance chasing demagogue, but now that he's cleared this up I'm sure he'll be welcome at the DNC Convention.