Out of respect to the Edwards family and in response to the comments of my thoughtful readers, I have edited this post.
I confess that during the Presidential campaign I became disillusioned by John Edwards, beginning with his sudden passion for populism. Having observed him during his time in the Senate, I knew that Edwards had never shown any interest in the working poor, and this sudden crusade rang false to me. The Edwards’ live in a famously huge mansion on 100 acres outside of Chapel Hill on a property that is ringed with “no tresspassing” signs, and their children attend the prestigious Chapel Hill schools even though they live outside of the district. To me, this is the very two Americas that Edwards spoke so passionately against.
Last week I read in the news that Edwards had ended a a scholarship program that he began during lead-up to his presidential run now that his presidential aspirations had failed which appears to me to be a confirmation that the passion for the poor was a passing fancy.
I first heard of the National Enquirer rumors about Edwards’ supposed affair last winter but in view of Elizabeth Edwards’ battle with cancer I, like other writers, chose not to address these rumors. Today Edwards admitted to ABC News that he had an affair back in 2006 with Rielle Hunter. Ms. Hunter had a baby in February of this year that was rumored to be Edwards’ but campaign officer Andrew Young claimed paternity. Young has since moved, with his wife and family, out to California to be with Mr. Hunter.
Last year I wrote this profile of John Edwards: