The National Enquirer is reporting that presidential candidate John Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter are engaged. Hunter is the mother of Francis Quinn, Edwards’ daughter conceived with Hunter during his marriage to his then wife, Elizabeth Edwards.
However, Edwards has denied National Enquirer stories in the past, including a story that he was having an affair with Hunter and that he and Hunter had concevied a child together. Perhaps Edwards has learned his lesson about denying stories that are true and we can believe this denial, perhaps not. In this case, The National Enquirer might have the better track record.
When I shared this news with friends, the common reaction was increasing disgust for John Edwards and increasing sympathy for Elizabeth Edwards, who was instrumental in the success of her husband’s political career. Certainly, we all agree that Elizabeth Edwards deserved a better husband.
Edwards announced that he was the father of Hunter’s daughter Francis Quinn in a statement on January 21st.
John and Elizabeth Edwards were married for 32 years, spanning two failed presidential runs and Elizabeth’s battle against cancer.
Hunter is fighting the release of an alleged sex tape of Hunter and Edwards former Edwards aide Andrew Young claims he found in the trash in the former residence of Hunter.
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