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John Edwards

Fallout From The Edwards Affair

By Derek Kravitz
Fallout from former Sen. John Edwards's (D-N.C.) admission that he had an affair with a campaign videographer while his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, was in remission from cancer continues to play out in the press.

A sampling of the follow-up stories about the affair and Edwards's future:

-- Edwards told ABC News' Bob Woodruff last week that he and Rielle Hunter began their affair only after Hunter was hired by the campaign to produce a series of videos for the Internet, when she began traveling with him.

"She was hired to come in and produce films and that's the reason she was hired," Edwards said.

But that version of events is now being challenged by a one-time close friend of Hunter's, Pidgeon O'Brien.

"The affair began long, long, long before she was hired to work for the campaign almost half a year before she was hired to work on those videos," O'Brien said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

O'Brien says Hunter told her that in late February or early March 2006 she met an "amazing" man from North Carolina named John at a New York City hotel bar. She referred to her new man as 'Love Lips,' whom she said was married with small children and a wife who had been ill.

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Posted at 6:22 PM ET on Aug 11, 2008  | Category:  John Edwards
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Elizabeth Edwards seems to be a very graceful and kind woman who's heart aches right now. I know because I'm there. Please leave this woman alonE. SHAME ON YOU JOHN EDWARDS!!

Posted by: cheatedon | August 13, 2008 1:58 AM

It makes you look stupid to keep going on about the affair! You act like it is the first ever and you keep hashing and REhashing it. It's ho-hum and has been going on since time began. Have you no compassion for Elizabeth?

He is not the first, nor will he be the last. I dare say at least 75% of you are guilty of the same.

Pot don't call the kettle black!!!!!

Posted by: Autumn Ozog | August 12, 2008 9:34 PM

All this self-flagellation among the Democrats over what is, at best an indiscretion that occurs throughout the world with sufficient regularity as to brand it normal, is silly in the extreme. This is a matter for the Edwards family to deal with and no on else.
To put it in clearer perspective, the Dumbocrats think it advisable to allow BJ Clinton to address their national convention after he engaged in oral sex with a fat dumpy jewess in a White House closet for chrissakes!; I ask you, which of these acts appears to you to be closer to normal? Maybe if Edwards had been swinging from a chandelier he also would have been asked to speak at the convention. There's more than enough hypocrisy on this event.

Posted by: Doubtom | August 12, 2008 4:02 PM

Edwards is the least of your worries

"Obama mentor identified as communist"

Posted by: rtfanning | August 12, 2008 3:38 PM

Several years ago when journalism was a business for professionals who cared about substance, this would not even have been a story. But now, when the business is dominated by adolescent devotees of celebrity and lurid gossip, it takes the place of reporting issues in depth.

Posted by: Elton Carey | August 12, 2008 11:17 AM

This story matters a lot if it comes to light that Obama's camp strongarmed Edwards into throwing his support behind Obama by threatening to expose his affair. This is what the people at the Hillary Clinton Supporters for McCain said even before this story broke. They also claim that Obama's camp are strongarming superdelegates. Not surprising at all since Mayor Daly and the Chicago political machine are behind Obama's run for president. For a candidate that says he is not your typical politician it does not bode well for him if this is true. People should realize that ALL politicians lie and all of them think they can get away with doing whatever they please. The whole system is set up for corruption. I have totally lost faith in it.

Posted by: jorjan | August 12, 2008 11:08 AM

I wish the press/media would let the public know things before instead of after the fact. I have wondered how many Iowans would have voted so heavily for Obama if the fact of his association with Rev. Wright and his racist hatred towards white America had been known to Iowans and the public at large BEFORE the votes were cast? I believe the media had all this information and did not reveal it until they had no other choice to let the public know. My question is -- why?

Posted by: kahal | August 12, 2008 10:02 AM

Hope springs eternal. Who knows, maybe this new-found remorse at WaPo will finally take a hard look at Obama's accusers, including Larry Sinclair?

Posted by: JakeD | August 12, 2008 8:20 AM

Keep hoping JAKED, it ain't gonna happen. Hopefully, Johnnie can stay awake throughout the event. Two blondes, two flawed candidates. At least one married the ogre.

Posted by: Duke of Windsor | August 12, 2008 7:54 AM

Yeah...okay. Hillary strategy #29,313. Parlay the Edwards affair story into an effort to get the super delegates to change their vote to HRC at the DEMNATCONV. (With Bill in tow with HIS numerous affairs since leaving the WH).
This is CRACKHEAD logic people.

Posted by: FredS | August 12, 2008 3:54 AM

Is it just me, or does Rielle Hunter look like Camilla Parker Bowles? Ruf, Ruf! The press smells blood and John Edwards is wearing milkbone underwear...We all know you are the father, John. Do you think you are fooling anyone?

Posted by: gmundenat | August 12, 2008 2:44 AM

Actually, Lynne, it may be a bit important to more than a few super delegates who are watching Obama's polling numbers and wondering what they don't know about him too (Gawd, I hope he stumbles badly this Saturday ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2008 8:42 PM

The only point in discussing whether Hillary would have done better in Iowa if Edwards was not in the race is to get the focus off McC and his affair with his now wife. YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE PAST. McC had an affair and left his sick wife. John Edwards had been running for president in Iowa since 2004. He hardly took breath after election.

Posted by: Lynne | August 11, 2008 8:40 PM

At the very least, Hillary wouldn't have come in third in Iowa ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2008 7:12 PM

We are also discussing whether Obama would have even gotten the nomination if Edwards has confessed before Iowa:

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2008 7:06 PM

Where's the play book? What would Bubba Do?
Lie until they bring out the Blue dress

Posted by: Trailer Park | August 11, 2008 6:45 PM

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