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John Edwards, Baby Daddy

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Finally, he admits what most of America already knew ... he IS the father.

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Single Mom Seeking: A few months ago, I wrote an open letter to Rielle Hunter asking why she wouldn't go through with a paternity test to confirm that onetime Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards was the father of her daughter. WHY? I just couldn't understand it.

Clearly, Hunter and Edwards have their reasons for keeping Frances Quinn Hunter's father a secret for almost two years. We may never know them.

But this morning, the truth came out. John Edwards finally admitted he was the "Baby Daddy."

The truth would have come out soon enough, thanks to his former aide, Andrew Young, whose book detailing the paternity scandal is due out on Feb. 2.  

Why did Edwards wait until now to out himself? 

Was it really, as the book Game Change reported, just because he wanted to earn a spot as a speaker at the 2008 Democratic Convention, and this shame would have cost him that position? Only he knows. 

In the end, however, no one can deny why this might be crushing for their almost-2-year-old daughter, whom Edwards first denied as his own. 

I can't help but think of Lisa Belkin's recent guest post in the New York Times: "My Husband's Son: Coming to Terms with a Family's Secret."

Belkin first explains why she's running the column, in which writer Sara Brown publicly reveals for the first time in her life that her husband had a "secret" child:

"Because 40 percent of births in the U.S. today are to single mothers, but every one of those children has a father (though some, nowadays, are more technically 'donors'), and many of those fathers are like her husband, wondering what it means to be a father to a child you do not raise or love." 

Doesn't it make you wonder about Frances Quinn: what will it be like for her to grow up, wondering why her father did not raise her or acknowledge her for so long?

To me, that's heartbreaking.

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chris January 21, 2010, 11:37 AM

First off it none of your business why they chose to keep it a secret and secondly, this child will feel no different than all of the other babies brought into this world by a mother who chose to have a baby with a man that they were not committed to. Maybe if more women would consider the children before they got pregant and consider what kind of person they are making a baby with, these children wouldn’t have to grow up without a dad in their life. There is no reason a women should be getting pregant these days unless she wants to get pregant.

Rachel January 21, 2010, 12:04 PM

Wow. I’m not a John Edwards fan by any stretch. In fact, I’m of the opinion that he’s kind of an a$s for doing what did, but it’s highly presumptuous for anyone to assume that Edwards doesn’t love this child.

Robin January 21, 2010, 2:24 PM

I just want to hear Edwards explain to a teenaged Quinn why he denied her and denied he ever slept with her mother. How does he explain he was going to pay another man to publically claim her paternity. How does he explain why he told the world his affair with her mother was a horrible mistake. I’m sure he will say it was all to protect baby Quinn and her privacy. I hope that Quinn is smart enough to know that the only person John Edwards was trying to protect was himself and the remnants of his political career. And I hope she tells him to jump off a bridge.

Jenna January 21, 2010, 2:46 PM

John Edwards would have made a perfect politician, because he a great liar.

Pamala January 21, 2010, 5:30 PM

Why it’s assumed this child will be told is beyond me. By the time this kid is old enough to look crap up, this stuff will probably be long gone. And frankly I blame her mother, try not having sex with a married man, then you don’t put yourself in these situations.

Chrissy January 21, 2010, 5:56 PM

I agree with you Chris - 100%.
As to the blogger - why wouldn’t the child blame the mother as well for having sex with a married man? Thus, choosing a unavailable man to be her father?

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