Everyone. But be it known that on January 21, 2010, John Edwards publicly admitted what has been not-so-privately known for awhile: He is the father of Rielle Hunter's baby girl, Frances Quinn Hunter.
What a guy, huh? Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential candidate running with John Kerry in 2004, the former North Carolina U.S. senator who fancied himself easily the victor in a two-way Democratic race against Hillary Clinton in 2008, denied more than once that he could be the father because of the "timing" of his affair with Hunter, who worked as a videographer on his 2008 presidential campaign. Now, he admits paternity of Frances Quinn, born in February 2008, saying it was "wrong for me to ever deny she was my daughter," and that he is providing financial support for the child and mother.
"I am Quinn's father," he said.
The imminent release of a tell-all book by former aide Andrew Young, who lied to say he was the father of the baby, is one big reason. But Edwards' lawyer, Wade Smith, all but said he's been wanting to come clean, take responsibility publicly; he just didn't until now because he's not the only one involved: "It's a complex family situation, and he had to keep in mind that other people have concerns and worries about it," Smith said. Read: Blame Elizabeth. At least that's how it sounds, though you'd hope even a selfish and self-loving guy like the well-coiffed Edwards would care what his grown daughter and two young children would think, too.
For all she's gone through--fighting a terminal cancer, the humiliation of her husband's affair--Elizabeth Edwards is not coming through the fire in any better shape. The book, "Game Change" by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, brutally portrays "Saint Elizabeth" alongside her egomaniac husband. So why not blame her for this, too, right?
Reached by a reporter after the announcement, Elizabeth said the "whole family is relieved" following his announcement, and that shes hopes it will spell the end of the news stories about her family. "My marriage shouldn't be on anybody's radar screen except mine," she said. Asked what will happen next for her marriage, she said: "If somebody has a crystal ball, they can let me know."
So where's John now? Not home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Not so quietly, he arrived in Haiti Thursday afternoon with 30 doctors and supplies to help in the relief effort--and, presumably, his personal rehabilitation effort. What a guy.The truly disturbing piece of all of this: The National Enquirer got it right. Yikes.
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