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An Open Letter to John Edwards...

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Today, after months of rumors and speculation, John Edwards admitted to ABC News that he had an affair in 2006. This comes weeks after Edwards was spotted at a hotel with the woman said to be his mistress and her daughter. While he denies the girl is his child, he did share details about his liaison. Read on to see what he said and guest blogger Maggie's candid take on his confession.

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Hey, you slimy cheating bastard...

We just read the ABC News story where you admitted to Bob Woodruff that you did, in fact, have an affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter. We're not sure why you think the fact that you "didn't love her" would help your case, but we couldn't be more disgusted with you. Do you think that because you didn't give her your whole heart makes it less painful for your wife and children to deal?

Oh, you say you couldn't possibly be the baby's father based on "timing." You've fooled the country into thinking you're this fresh-faced "family man" when all you are is a pig. There's been no paternity test and we're supposed to believe you when you say you didn't sleep with her around that time so you must not be the dad of your mistress' child--we're not buying it.

Your mistress traveled the world with you under the guise of shooting your documentary--a job she was hired to do for over $114,000, despite having little experience.

You also told ABC that your wife Elizabeth found out about the affair in 2006 and that you didn't actually cheat during her illness--only when she was in remission. What a freakin' guy--because what coward would cheat while his wife was clinging to life, suffering through regular cancer treatments, right? And isn't that the same wife who peeled her sick body out of bed every morning to stand and support you so you could continue to chase your dream of the White House--even during the time she discovered her cancer would eventually kill her? Isn't she the same woman who suffered the loss of your beautiful child over a decade ago?

We're so relieved to hear that you didn't actually support your mistress while she lived in many beautiful locations under assumed names. Oh wait, but your "friends and supporters" MAY have done so "without your knowledge"? Are you kidding? Do you actually think we're buying this crap?

You ran for president knowing the kind of man you actually are. Your wife stood by you every step of the way. What if you had, in fact, become the Democratic candidate? You should have spared your supporters, the party and millions of American people and given up your run, instead of the nation being dragged down later when it finally came out. Did you actually think your visits to Hunter's hotel room would never come out? Fool.

Listen--we get it, marriage is hard. The ups and downs of life married with kids can be much more than any of us could ever have even imagined--but you take the cake (or at least share the cake) for the lowest piece of scum we've seen in politics, if not ever.

Congratulations and enjoy your new title.


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34 comments so far | Post a comment now
Right On Maggie! August 8, 2008, 6:10 PM

AWESOME…
um, few more to add to the list of political scum bags:

Eliot Spitzer
Gary Condit
Bill Clinton

There’s so many more…anyone care to add?

disillusioned August 8, 2008, 6:15 PM

With all the cheating that has made headlines these past couple months, one more shouldn’t mean that much but this time it does. Yes I think Balthazar Getty is the lowest of the lows. But he also didn’t make me any promises. He didn’t tell me he would take care of families and protect our country from all the troubles that lie ahead because he was a good person, but John Edwards did.

Cheating celebrities are one thing. Cheating politicians are another. These people have been chosen to lead the free world and implement important procedures and laws that will affect everyone. We vote for them and support them not only because of what they can do but who they are. Character may not mean a lot in Hollywood but it does mean a lot in Washington D.C.

Even politicians are real people, I know this. They will make mistakes like everyone else. The disappointing fact is that John Edwards was in the running to represent me and every other American and he lied to everyone. If I wanted some liar and cheater to represent me I have plenty of options, I want someone who I know can tackle the problems we have and do so with the utmost respect for everyone around them. This country deserves someone who will own up to his mistakes. John Edwards proved that not only does he not respect his family, he also doesn’t respect the millions of people he was vowing to make changes for. It’s scary to think there are so many out there just like him.

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tim August 8, 2008, 7:20 PM

I do not care about his personal life, it has nothing to do with running a country. Bush was a “family man” but couldn’t run the government to expectations. Clinton made mistakes and ran the country beautifuly. The country seems to care more about morals than how good someone can take care of them. Being human and away from spouses for lengthy periods of time it’s natural for humans to not stop having sexual desires. Geez.

Anonymous August 8, 2008, 7:25 PM

Hey, how come this woman wasn’t featured in your cheating episode!

Supposedly the “real” father of her kid - if not John Edwards - is also married!

ame i. August 8, 2008, 8:14 PM

He is beyond low.

Anonymous August 8, 2008, 11:39 PM

Tim - How can you possibly think that a person’s character has nothing to do with his ability to run a country? It has EVERYTHING to do with it.

mickey August 9, 2008, 12:25 AM

John Edwards is just another lying cheating politician like Bill Clinton, Gary Hart, Eliot Spitzer and Gary Condit. They all lied about their cheating until they were caught and couldn’t deny it anymore.I love how Clinton and Edwards talked about their “family values” and all the while they were cheating on their wifes!!! Who the hell wants liars like this running this country??

Anonymous August 9, 2008, 12:34 AM

Sounds like Tim’s cheating on his wife to me…

ToldUNo August 9, 2008, 12:49 AM

Come on……… Edwards has to answer for this with God. We have no right to call him names or question his motives.

He already told us about this by not considering the VP of Obama. Something was holding him back. Now we know what it was.

I feel badly for his wife, Elizabeth and their children.

April August 9, 2008, 6:58 PM

Who are we to judge another man? I don’t believe in cheating, but I also don’t believe in passing judgment on others.

“Do not judge lest you be judged. For the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” - Matthews 7:1-5

Anonymous August 9, 2008, 7:14 PM

I agree with tim

fran August 11, 2008, 6:32 AM

I dont believe in cheating, I am a woman that has been cheated on, but to say he is a scumbag,etc. Just because you do things to your wife, which happens in all walks of life, doesnt mean you are a scumbag. Alot of the presidents just never got caught, lets talk more about how a man runs the country, then lets call names which are well deserved

Callie August 11, 2008, 7:06 AM

If a man so easily lies to his wife , children, he absolutely cannot be trusted.He displays such a lack of integrity that it makes me sick.If a man or woman cheats on their spouse, it absolutely is indicative of how they conduct themselves in other areas of their lives.

yolanda August 11, 2008, 7:57 AM

I AGREE WITH MAGGIE, However,I am disgusted with both of them. It takes two to tango. Ms. Hunter is a shameless dog also. How dare she smile in Mrs. Edwards face while banging her husband;so take her off the victims list. MS. HUNTER & MR. EDWARDS BELONG TOGETHER

Mad gramma August 11, 2008, 8:06 AM

Did you forget Roosevelt, Kennedy, Clinton? Some of the biggest cheaters in history.

Dr. Robert Forbes Sr. August 11, 2008, 8:32 AM

With someone who has a Doctorate in Behavior Science, it never ceases to amaze me when some public figure has an extramarital affair, all the ” The Holier Than Now ” jump on it! This man has dealt with the loss of a son and a wife who sadly was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. This in no way condones his behavior but simply shows the context in which Mr. Edwards was going through at the time of his indiscretion. Walk a mile in his shoes!!!!

meredith August 11, 2008, 9:26 AM

Ok it terrible what he did but keep in mine some women married forever regardless of what their husbands do.Anohter thing we are not looking into is the “SEX DRIVE”!Men have a much bigger sex drive than women,Iam not saying this is ok Iam just saying it’s true.Another thing to look at is is wife is sick and most likly unwanting sex.I feel horrible for the family but someone this make thwe family stronger…Plusw this women also seems to have a really good head on her shoulders but she should have never sadi a word,no words period….This is the chance HE took why put yourself on national tv to tell the story we all already know.She is being more disrespectful by speaking to the public..Maybe John should of gotten her out of there and told her to keep her mouth shut!

Amy August 11, 2008, 9:49 AM

I am thinking that a man who is not in control of his sex drive, should not be in control of a country. Also a man who would treat his own family so poorly should not be trusted to keep the best interest of our beloved country. While we should not judge lest we be judged, and we have not walked a mile in his shoes, he put himself in a position to be judged by running for office and should be beyond reproach. Sadly he like many politicians are controlled only by their own selfish ambitions and he is fortunately not going to be our next leader.

mama_chita August 11, 2008, 10:00 AM

I don’t care about politicians’ personal lives, especially their marriages or personal relationships. I also don’t feel that decisions made in their personal lives directly affect their political abilities.

In this case, I think it seems a little ‘more damaging’ for John Edwards: He seemed to have political aspirations he had not yet accomplished, and his admission of his affair will probably damage his political career more seriously than someone who had already achieved (or proven) his/her ‘goal.’


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