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Edwards admits affair - also, kind of a dick about it.

August 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Politics

The affair is bad enough, but DAMN, dude:

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.

“Baby, I know you’re fighting for your life against cancer and I cheated on you and lied about it nonstop, but it’s not like I LOVED her or anything.”

That’s cold, dude.

To be honest, his story is SO convoluted and SO fishy that I’m guessing the affair won’t be the end of it. It’s hard not to be suspicious of things like:

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.

Edwards said the affair began during the campaign after she was hired. Hunter traveled with Edwards around the country and to Africa.

and this:

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.

and this:

Edwards denied paying any money to Hunter to keep her from going public but said it was possible some of his friends or supporters may have made payments without telling him.

I assume it’s already happened, but it’ll be interesting to hear Obama’s response to the first reporter who asks him about it. It’ll probably something dismissive about it being a “private matter” and him “respecting the Edwards’ wishes” by not discussing it.

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  • 1 bw // Aug 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    After Bill Clinton’s shenanigans during primary season (and the likelihood that he was linked to some sketchy stuff between 2000-2006, and then this, I am beginning to think that the black guy who 12% of the country thinks is Muslim and who has like 4 years of national political experience is by far the most objectively electable of the 3 major democratic candidates. Who’d have think it? (of course, there were Biden, Dodd, and Richardson — my fave of these 3 — all of whom were relegated to the B-team for some inexplicable reason and all of whom have way more experience than Edwards, Obama, and Clinton).

  • 2 bw // Aug 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Ignore the 16 typos in the above comment.

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