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Report: John Edwards Faces New Questions About Paternity

It isn't just Republicans like John Ensign and Mark Sanford who are making headlines for political sex scandals these days. Democrat John Edwards' name has resurfaced, thanks to a report that Andrew Young, a former close aide, is writing a bombshell tell-all book.

Oddly, the Sleuth has noticed, the subject of that former aide is so sensitive that Elizabeth Edwards couldn't bring herself to mention him by name in her recent best-selling book, "Resilience" -- the same position she took toward her husband's one-time mistress, Rielle Hunter, who also goes unnamed.

"I will call him Jim," she writes of an aide she described as an "obsessed fan" whose "unbridled loyalty" to her husband and "willingness to do anything John wanted" obviously still rankle. That "pathetic" individual first started working with the Edwardses during John's 1998 Senate campaign, she writes, just as Young did.

Former Edwards aides have stepped forward to tell The Sleuth that the references to "Jim" are really about Young, resolving a mystery about the aide's identity that had perplexed readers when her book was released.

"Jim's" loyalty was on full display last year when Young publicly declared through a lawyer that he was the father of Hunter's baby.

But now, according to the New York Daily News, Young will pen a book in which he denies he sired Hunter's baby. John Edwards is the baby's father, Young will write in his book to be published by St. Martin's Press, according to the Daily News' "Rush & Molloy" column.

"Young says that his belief in Edwards ran so deep that he agreed to take the fall for the candidate, inviting the pregnant Hunter to live with him, his wife, Cheri, and their three children," the columnists wrote. "Later, after Hunter delivered the baby, Young and his family moved to a different home in California."

Less intriguing but more salacious is Young's claim that Edwards and Hunter made a sex tape together, according to the Daily News.

Other interesting allegations in the column include:

• Mrs. Edwards holds Young partly responsible for her husband's affair with Hunter.

• Hunter told Young that she and John Edwards talked about getting married one day.

• Mrs. Edwards suspects Young of stealing the baseball card collection of her late son, Wade.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 29, 2009; 3:37 PM ET
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Marrying a woman to cover for your boss's out-of-wedlock fatherhood is one thing, but stealing baseball cards from a kid is beyond the pale.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 29, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The press's reluctance to report on the issue notwithstanding, I think most people assume Edwards is the father.

Posted by: tomtildrum | June 29, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

@ yellojkt:

even *worse* because Wade is the child that died many years ago. We're really talking about stealing a dead child's baseball card collection from his surviving, grieving mother.

Posted by: mccxxiii | June 29, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

What a sicko slime, stealing a dead kid's baseball cards, yikes!

Posted by: maddymappo | June 29, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse


Cillizza got a new photo, showing off his new slim self. You should do the same, showing a healthier, fuller face. That old shot doesn't do you justice.

Cillizza should have stuck with the old pic. Now, he looks like a warhead, or should I say "missile."

Posted by: MikeK3 | June 29, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Boy with "friends" like this who needs enemies (Edwards and Ensign).

Posted by: rlj611 | June 29, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Our sanctimonious politicians and pretenders to run for president--what vermin--but we elect them year after year.

That's how we get our Bushes, Ensigns, Craigs, Vitters, etc.

Posted by: reporter1 | June 29, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Edwards is not an elected official, although he wanted to be elected. However, he was rejected by Democratic voters for having lousy ideas without regard to his having or lacking morals. Edwards will occasionally emerge in the news but will never hold another elective position, because he doesn't appeal to enough people based on ideas, much less moral rectitude. Why is this stuff still in the news? Edwards used donated money, not taxpayer money, to pay his mistress $100000 to make a video. Our local city council just paid with taxpayer dollars $820,000 to have a 15 minute video made and there was no sex involved (Well I hope).

Posted by: merrylees | June 29, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how he is condemned for cards just cuz Johnny said so. This is a family who used all of the poor in the country as a backdrop for their schemes and ambition. She supported him for Prez even tho she knew he had an affair. Now he is in Ethiopia building mud huts? How bout help New Orleans? They throw mud at anyone in their way to get their way. Elitists.

Posted by: Alias2 | June 29, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Trailer trash, the whole lot of them.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 29, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"What a sicko slime, stealing a dead kid's baseball cards, yikes!"

How did this go from Ms Edward's suspicion to a "fact"?

And excuse me but ho hum, haven't we heard quite enough about these people. Every time one of them opens their mouth it hits the major papers. There must be something better to use for "filler".

Posted by: OregonStorm | June 30, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a daytime TV soap opera. I wonder who "dies" then later comes back to life?

Posted by: trident420 | June 30, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Interesting how Edwards has an affair while his wife has breast cancer, fathers a child, runs for president and tries to cover the affair and the media doesn't give it nearly 1/2 the attention that Sanford gets - why is that?????? HMMMMMM

Posted by: ngg426 | June 30, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

ngg426: Because he's not a governor of a state who went AWOL for 5 days.

I used to have a lot of respect for the Edwards. But I wish she hadn't published the book. It's one thing to write for catharsis, another to have it published and read by whoever. Like the Sanford situation, it's messed up all around.

Posted by: baltimoremom | June 30, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

America's rigid double standards concerning women and her lax double standards concerning men is obviously becoming a conflict of no easy resolution within the political arena. At some point, it becomes those that got caught and those that didn't as the criteria for scrutiny of American politicians - not a foundational criteria enviable for a citizenry upon which to choose its leadership.

Matching the rhetoric to the man (or the woman) is America's favorite pasttime of late, as shown by Clinton, Spitzer, Sanford, etc.

Given the inability to distinquish the personal life from the politial life and how it influences government descisions that flow from personal judgement has never been an easy task, and one that may have benefited from less journalistic exposure rather than more. America has always had the problem but its visibility is greater today than in the past.

Are solutions possible?

When measured against the impact of global decision making, are they even important as comparable equivalents, or as anticipated performance? Isn't this a problem not unique to government but one that spreads across the spectrum of Executive level enterprise?

Separating the personal from the public may be a necessary distinction to prevent the hazards and the risk of trying to elect a person who can meet a uniform standard of expectations.

The Bushes were relatively pristine in conduct comparable between public and private lives - but may have aggravated the Constitutional protections upon which Americans rely for liberty and privacy.

Unless ministers are chosen, Americans are not likely to be able to rely upon, and the necessary separation of church and state prohibits such a fusion anyway.

Americans may be better off measuring the national ideals and potential flaws rather than the personal ideals and potential flaws that afflict ordinary humans in choosing leadership worthy of respectful allegiance. Most assuredly, those who are not exposed greatly outnumber those who are exposed.

Posted by: pbr1 | June 30, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

So tired of the textile mill worker stories. so tired of this guy.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | June 30, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

One big soap opera. None of these people matter... Oh and Edwards didn't run on a "Family Values Platform."

Posted by: janeyre | June 30, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

All these slimeball politicians need to hang it all up and their wives with them. They are a despicable bunch.

I could not believe Elizabeth blamed this on the "other" women cause she was so aggressive towards him. Like he is special. I had many a women "come on" to me but I had what I wanted in my life and was not about to jeopardize that in any way.

Politicians wives put women back to the middle ages and they do not represent the American women.

Except for Hillary who stepped out on her own doing her own thing leaving Bill in the dust to grovel for her attentions.

Posted by: mac7 | July 1, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I am one of those people who think if you lie and cheat on your wife you will lie and cheat on your political constituency. And if you are not honest to your marriage vows you will not be hones to you oath of office. That makes it that much worse that while all this lying and cheating was going on, I was telling everyone I thought Edwards should be president of vice-president of the USA.

Posted by: sped6348 | July 2, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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