According to a story in The National Enquirer, John Edwards has secretly undergone a DNA test to determine whether he is the father of his former mistress Rielle Hunter’s baby. I know what you are saying, it’s being reported in a tabloid like the Enquirer. However, it was this same tabloid who actually broke this bombshell story and has got the reports correct every inch of the way as the MSM tried to avoid the damaging story. However, a source confirmed to The ENQUIRER: “John always knew he was the father of Rielle’s baby”.
John Edwards still peddling as fast as he can
Multiple sources confirm the bombshell development, and reveal lawyers for the disgraced presidential candidate are privately hammering out child support payments with his former lover Rielle Hunter.
Edwards – who hotly denied he was the child’s father when he publicly confessed his affair with Rielle on ABC’s Nightline a year ago – has broken the news to his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth, sources say.
But The ENQUIRER has also learned that Rielle testified against Edwards before a federal grand jury that’s probing whether he broke campaign finance laws by secretly funneling money to her - and her testimony could send the former North Carolina senator to jail!
Initially, the former NC Senator and VP candidate denied the affair with Rielle Hunter ever took place. Except for that fact that he was busted and forced to admit the affair. Then Hunter allowed Edwards to skate on the DNA paternity test issue until Elizabeth Edwards book was released tearing the “other woman” a new one as she trashed Rielle Hunter. Following that, Hunter demanded that Edwards take a DNA test to determine who was the daddy.
My how the political career of John Edwards has fallen. His career is over and at this point he best hope he stays out of a federal prison.
UPDATE I: More Signs Point to Edwards admitting to being the Daddy
Who’s your daddy? As previously reported, WRAL now says that they have sources that state that John Edwards will admit that he is the father of his former mistress’ 18-month-old daughter. How did Edwards possibly think that the truth would not come out? When the story broke and continued to break, it became rather obvious what the “Rielle” story was. However, like most politicians and especially Democrats, he though the people were stupid and would believe the lies.
John Edwards & Rielle Hunter: Gov. Sanford, I’ll See Your Argentinian Mistress and Raise you a Sex Tape
As the media fixates in on Governor Sanford’s extramarital affair with his Argentinian mistress, it would appear that former Democratic VP candidate and North Carolina Senator just cannot get out of the headlines with his affair with Rielle Hunter.
Seems that John Edwards is playing a game of Texas “Affair” Holdem with all new comers. Hey Mark Sanford, I’ll see your Argentina babe and raise you a “reille” Sex tape. Eliot Spitzer, the bets to you. After all, Reille Hunter is good with a camera, isn’t that why she was hired in the first place?
Former Edwards aide Andrew Young says the ex-senator and his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, once made a sex tape, according to someone who has seen Young’s book proposal.
St. Martin’s Press just inked a deal with Young, who also says in his proposal that, contrary to his public statement last year, he is not the father of Hunter’s infant daughter — Edwards is. Edwards has denied that.
Then again, didn’t Edwards deny the affair with Reille Hunter as well? The fact of the matter is, when it comes to a wife being a victim in an affair, Elizabeth Edwards is above and beyond ahead. When your wife has cancer and you continue the affair anyhow, it’s pretty hard to not get scumbag of the decade award.
The campaign staff of Democratic Presidential wannabe had a “Doomsday” strategy regarding his affair. This is priceless. Did they also have a doomsday strategy if Edwards’ comb and hair spray malfunctioned?
But by late December, early January of last year, several people in his inner circle began to think the rumors were true.
Several of them had gotten together and devised a “doomsday” strategy of sorts.
Basically, if it looked like Edwards was going to win the Democratic Party nomination, they were going to sabotage his campaign, several former Edwards’ staffers have told me.
They said they were Democrats first, and if it looked like Edwards was going to become the nominee, they were going to bring down the campaign.
Are we really supposed to believe that political staffers for a Presidential candidate would sabotage a campaign if they thought their candidate was going to win and hurt their party due to an affair? REALLY? First, these people would never work in Washington again as we are supposed to believe that only Edwards is guilty of having an affair. Second, didn’t staffers already have this opportunity with a previous President? Where were these noble staffers when Bill Clinton was running for the party nomination? It’s not like even more rumors were out there when the Clinton ran. BTW, I wonder where George Stephanopoulos’ “doomsday” strategy was with his former boss?
Hell hath no fury like a mistress’ scorn … John Edwards’ mistress demand DNA test to know who is the “Rielle” father.
Rielle Hunter, the outraged mistress is now demanding that John Edwards submit to a DNA test to determine proof positive that Edwards is the father of her 14 month old baby. According to reports, Hunter wants to now determine once and for all that the disgraced Senator is the father of her baby and she is working with a lawyer to take legal action to prove it. Who’s Your Daddy.
The ENQUIRER was the first to expose the extramarital affair in 2007, and Rielle’s sudden move to determine paternity is a clear signal that she is no longer willing to protect the philandering politician, who still has not admitted that he’s the father of her baby. Edwards recently confirmed he’s also the subject of a federal probe into possible campaign funds misuse in paying off hush money to Hunter.
FEDS Investigating John Edwards’ Use of Presidential Campaign Funds … PAC Paid More than $100,000 to Mistress Rielle Hunter … Two Americas, Two Faces
TWO AMERICAS, BOTH SEEM TO BE AGAINST JOHN EDWARDS
John Edwards PAC who paid more than $100,000 to his (Rielle Hunter) mistress’ company has acknowledged they they are being investigated by the Feds. According to the Charlotte Observer, federal investigators are looking into whether political donations were used to cover up an affair that Edwards had with mistress Reille Hunter. The investigation is being conducted by the office of U.S. Attorney George Holding, based in Raleigh, NC.
Edwards & Hunter:
Edwards’ political action committee has been under scrutiny for making payments to a woman with whom he had an affair. Edwards admitted the affair with Rielle Hunter in August after months of denying tabloid reports about the relationship.
“I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly,” Edwards said in the statement. “However, I know that it is the role of government to ensure that this is true. We have made available to the United States both the people and the information necessary to help them get the issue resolved efficiently and in a timely matter.”
John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and failed Presidential candidate said he was confident no money was used improperly. That should hold a lot of water as Edwards also said that they was no affair with Rielle Hunter. It’s just a coicidence that Reille Hunter received $114,000 to film Edwards as he hopscotched the nation to rally crowds in the fight against poverty. Hopscotch, footsy or hush money?
Former Democratic Presidential candidate for got to mention during his Two America’s rhetoric … there was one America that abides by the rules, works hard and tries to pay their bills and tells the truth and then there was John Edwards.
Federal investigators are trying to connect those dots, probing Edwards’ financial records to see whether he used any donations solicited for his campaign to keep quiet his affair with Rielle Hunter.
There is no truth to the rumor that the Feds are also investigating whether Edwards PAC donations are also being investigated as to whether the former NC Senator misappropriated funds to his hair care as well.
Her book, titled “Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts Facing Life’s Adversities,” was originally due to hit shelves May 12. But the publisher, Broadway Books, has moved up the release date to next week, because excerpts have been leaked to the press.
Reille Hunter Lets John Edwards skate on Baby Daddy question … Rules out Paternity Test … Who is the “Reiile” Daddy?
John Edwards initially claimed that the affair and baby daddy allegations was nothing more than tabloid trash. However, in the end who was the real trash?
“Its tabloid trash” … Edwards may want to look in the mirror
What a joke … Edwards says he will take a paternity test while his co-conspirator/ex-mistress Reille Hunter states there will be no paternity test. All Edwards and Reille have effectively done is leave the unanswered Edwards baby daddy question open for interpretation and speculation. The National Enquirer has yet to be wrong on this story, so why should they be wrong now?
Why would anyone go to a hotel to see someone and their baby who they supposedly stopped an affair with in 2006? This is not new math or a trick question.
How convenient for John “Love Lips” Edwards and the Democratic party as Edwards ex-mistress Rielle Hunter rules out a paternity test for her child. Why would anyone want to know who the actual father is of her 5 month old. Maybe its because she and John Edwards both know who the father is and do not want his identity ever known. Ya think? Because every child wants to grow up never knowing who their actual father is. What a complete cop out as she lets Edwards off the hook. This whole baby daddy drama and attempt to keep the fathers identity an mystery is nothing more than a completely fabricated conspiracy, nothing more. Is it possible that Edwards as promised Rielle Hunter hush money to make this embarrassment go away? Come on folks lets just use some common sense and filter it with the fact that John Edwards has done nothing but lie about this story from the beginning.
Family of Rielle Hunter Challenging John Edwards to take a DNA Paternity Test … Edwards, You are on the Clock
Former Democratic NC Senator, Vice Presidential and Presidential candidate John Edwards has finally admitted that he had an affair with Rielle Hunter in 2006. However, John “the Breck girl” Edwards has stated that he his not the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby, Frances Quinn Hunter. Interestingly enough, no father is reported listed on the birth certificate. Frances Quinn was born in February in Santa Barbara, CA.
John Edwards peddling from the truth as fast as he can
Transcript of John Edwards interview with ABC News’ Nightline, Bob Woodruff.
JOHN EDWARDS: In 2006 2 years ago, I made a very serious mistake. A mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In 2006 I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness. And we have kept this within our family since that time. All of my family knows about this and just to be absolutely clear, none of them are responsible for it. I am responsible for it. I alone am responsible for it. And it led to this most recent incident at the Beverly Hilton. I was at the Beverly Hilton. I was there for a very simple reason, because I was trying to keep this mistake that I had made from becoming public. BOB WOODRUFF: Is this affair completely over? JOHN EDWARDS: Oh yes, it’s been over for a long time.
John Edwards has claimed that he is not the baby daddy of 6 month old Frances Quinn Hunter and was willing to take a paternity test to prove it. Edwards, don’t ask for things as they might come true. However, Edwards’ comments have managed to infuriate Rielle Hunter’s younger sister Melissa. She is incensed that Edwards is painting her sister to be promiscuous. The family of Rielle Hunter is now forcing John Edwards hand and challenging him to take a DNA paternity test.
Reille Hunter and John Edwards
The family of John Edwards’ former mistress, Rielle Hunter, is challenging the former senator to take a DNA paternity test after his claim that he did not father Hunter’s 6-months-old child.
In the first reaction from Hunter’s family, her younger sister Melissa told ABC News that Edwards should immediately follow through on his pledge to take a paternity test.
“I would challenge him to do so,” the sister said.
“Somebody must stand up and defend my sister,” she said. “I wish that those involved would refrain from bad-mouthing my sister.”
Edwards thought that this story would go away following his contrived interview with ABC’s Nightline. The MSM, Democrats and Barack Obama also hoped that this story would vanish. Nothing could not be further from the truth. It appears that Reille Hunter’s sister has called the Breck girls bluff with regards to a paternity test. The Edwards story and events do not make sense and do not pass the smell test. The following statement by John Edwards during the Nightline interview makes no sense. None, what-so-ever. Edwards met in person with his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, to keep his affair secret. WTF! Who is he kidding? Why would anyone make them self in the public eye if they wanted to keep something a secret?
And it led to this most recent incident at the Beverly Hilton. I was at the Beverly Hilton. I was there for a very simple reason, because I was trying to keep this mistake that I had made from becoming public.
Also, Hot Air brings up some rather interesting premises that pretty much show that John Edwards is still lying and has not come completely clean. If Edwards is the father then the affair did not end when he claims and continued and actually continued after Edwards’ wife Elizabeth was seriously ill and diagnoses with cancer again.
Now, why would Hunter’s sister publicly challenge Edwards to take that paternity test? It certainly isn’t to encourage him to clear his name, as the rest of the article makes Melissa’s hostility plain. Melissa apparently has some knowledge of her niece’s paternity. This strongly indicates that Edwards indeed fathered the child, and that Edwards is still lying.
It is obvious that this scandal is not going away any time soon because it is apparent that Edwards has not been fully honest about it. Hell, he has denied every aspect of the scandal … why not also being a baby daddy? So if Edwards has first denied being at the hotel, then denied the affair with Rielle Hunter and now that he fathered Rielle’s baby … why are we to believe John Edwards seeing that the affair is true? So if the National Enquirer has reported correctly all along about the John Edwards affair while the MSM has remained quite, then why are they not correctly reporting that Edwards is the father? Why is he holding the baby in the above pic?
Gawker: Mistress’ Little Sister Puts the Smack-Down on John Edwards
UPDATE I: Edwards furious with ABC News for pre-promoting the Friday night Nightline interview on ABC webpage. Edwards actually thought he was going to be able to dodge the rest of the media as he has dodges the truth.
Former Democratic VP Candidate John Edwards Admits to Affair with Rielle Hunter But Denied being Baby Daddy
Scratch John Edwards off Obama’s short list for VP. BTW Mr. Edwards, which American does a lying cheating dog live in?
John Edwards Admits affair with 44 year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he loved only his wife, Elizabeth and he is not a baby daddy. Sounds an awful lot like Bill Clinton when he said he smoked pot but he didn’t inhale. Looks like the Breck Girl lied when he was a Presidential candidate. So first Edwards was not at the Hollywood hotel, then he claimed there was no affair and now he claims that he is not a baby daddy. The Breck Girl hardly has any credibility.
Edwards: Yes I did have an affair, but I didn’t inhale
In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff he did have an affair with 44-year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he loved only his wife, Elizabeth.
“Two years ago I made a very serious mistake,” Edwards said, blaming the prominence of being a vice presidential candidate. “All of which fed a self-focus, an egotism, a narcissism that leads you to believe that you can do whatever you want,” he said.
Edwards made a point of telling Woodruff that his wife’s cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter. [Gee John, that makes it perfectly ok then]
John Edwards … YOU PIG!!! Take a good look what the Democrats almost had a heart beat away from the Presidency if John Kerry had ever won in 2004. John Edwards thinks that some how it lessens the fact that he had his affair when his wife Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer was in remission. Yeah, John that some how makes you less of a cheating liar that you had an affair didn’t have incurable cancer.
Edwards said the affair began during the campaign after she was hired. Hunter traveled with Edwards around the country and to Africa.
Edwards said he told his wife, Elizabeth, and others in his family about the affair in 2006.
“She was mad, she was angry, I think furious would be a good way to describe it,” Edwards said.
Edwards made a point of telling Woodruff that his wife’s cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter. Elizabeth Edwards has since been diagnosed with an incurable form of the disease.
The Breck Girl should have spent more time combing his and trimming his hair than getting trim. Do you feel pretty now?
Patterico’s Pontification: Why Edwards’ Denial About Paternity Doesn’t Pass The Smell Test
CNN: Edwards admits to extramarital affair
Hot Air: ABC News: Edwards admits affair; Update: Enquirer was “95 to 96% accurate,” says Brian Ross; Update: Edwards statement: “I started to believe that I was special”
UPDATE I: John Edwards Statement:
So once again a Democratic politician is a victim of the right wing conspiracy. Or is it a tabloid conspiracy? John Edwards plays his violin and states that being 99% honest is no longer enough. Oh shut up! I hardly think that your wife thinks that you are 99% honest. He started to believe he was special. Started to believe? So which America does a lying cheating dog live in?
In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it. But being 99% honest is no longer enough.
So how quick will Democrats throw John Edwards to the curb and he be a no show as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Funny, they embraced Bill Clinton.
The National Enquirer is claiming to have pictures of John Edwards and his love child Frances Quinn Hunter. The main stream media claims they are being responsible in reporting this story. Or is it that they just want this embarrassing John Edwards story to go away and be the the story that you never see?
The NATIONAL ENQUIRER is releasing the photograph that the world has been waiting for – the first-ever picture of John Edwards and his love child!
The stunning “spy photo” shows the former presidential contender holding his infant daughter Frances Quinn Hunter at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles – where the ENQUIRER caught him visiting the baby’s mother, his mistress Rielle Hunter.
Edwards is holding his love child while standing in front of a distinctive striped curtain.
The problem with any type of story like this is that if there is not an emphatic denial and reason provided by John Edwards to explain away the pictures, the perception is that one is hiding something. There usually is a little truth in all stories, even if the story gets stretched a bit. The blurred tabloid pics cause pause. However, it is 100% confirmed that John Edwards was at the hotel. Now the question he must ask is why. Is the above pic real or faux, who knows. The fact that the MSM refuses to cover the story because they are claiming to be responsible is nonsense. If John Edwards was a Republican this story would have been covered much differently.
However, one would pose the question if the tabloid story is an unfounded lie … where is the John Edwards law suit??? He is a trial lawyer.
Think that the National Enquirer article is not having an effect on Edwards? With two weeks to go before the Democratic National Convention, the tabloid’s claims threaten Edwards’ role at the Democrats party convention. This little scandal just doesn’t seem to be going away. Now with the Convention just a short time away, the MSM may be forced into covering the John Edwards love child scandal and as Flopping Aces says, “forced to report the news”.
If Edwards fails to clear up the story in short order, he risks party officials deciding not to have him speak or, if they do, creating a distraction from a week focused on Barack Obama accepting the nomination.
“If there is not an explanation that’s satisfactory, acceptable and meets high moral standards, the answer is ‘no,’ he would not be a prime candidate to make a major address to the convention,” said Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chair.
Instead some Democrats say convention organizers will try to avoid the lingering questions if Edwards himself doesn’t talk.
“He absolutely does have to [resolve it]. If it’s not true, he has to issue a stronger denial,” said Gary Pearce, the Democratic strategist who ran Edwards’ 1998 Senate race. “It’s a very damaging thing. … The big media has tried to be responsible and handle this with kid gloves, but it’s clearly getting ready to bust out. If it’s not true, he’s got to stand up and say, ‘This is not true. That is not my child and I’m going to take legal action against the people who are spreading these lies.’ It’s not enough to say, ‘That’s tabloid trash.’ ”
The media double standard is at it again … they only do the news that they want us to read and hear. It isn’t the first time that a story was first covered on the internet and then the MSM was guilted into covering.
The John Edwards “Love Child” … “Baby Daddy” story has once again shown the hypocrisy and the double standard of the main stream media. One might ask themselves, where is the coverage? After all, we are talking about a man in John Edwards that was a VP candidate and had John Kerry won the 2004 election would have been a heart beat away from the highest office in the land. Although John Edwards has denied the allegations, since when has that stopped the MSM from digging? Edwards calls it tabloid trash, yet these days how does one tell the difference from the MSM?
EDWARDS RESPONDS: ‘I don’t talk about these tabloids. Tabloid trash is full of lies.’ Developing… (Drudge Report)
As Slate reminds us, the media fell all over themselves when it came to the Senator Larry Craig story. The press was also all over the Bob Livingston’s affair and sexual indiscretions. They could get enough of the Clarence Thomas sexual harassment accusations by Anita Hill. What about the coverage of McCain and Vicki Iseman by the media? What do all these people have in common? They are either Republican or have conservative leaning ways. However, when it comes to Democrats and John Edwards … the silence on the part of the media is deafening.
Yet, if the press craves consistency, it owes its readers some sort of assessment of Edwards. Is he, like Craig, a public hypocrite? Edwards is still very much a public figure. As Drudge notes today on his site, as recently as June the Associated Press reported that he was a vice presidential short-lister. If Edwards had no affair and fathered no love child, it should be easy to erase the hypocrisy charge, and the press owes him that, pronto. If we give Edwards the benefit of the doubt, which he deserves, visiting the woman who recently gave birth to the out-of-wedlock child of a married campaign aide is completely OK. But meeting her at a Beverly Hills hotel in the early hours of the morning and running from tabloid reporters when approached and hiding in a hotel bathroom for 15 minutes, as the Enquirer reports Edwards did, is not completely OK. Not if he wants to avoid the hypocrite label. (Slate)
- Hot Air: Why won’t big media write about the Edwards story?
- Sister Toldja: Let’s talk about the John Edwards “affair” rumor
- Ed Driscoll: “Get It First, But First Get It Second”