John Edwards Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Campaign Funds for Mistress

220px-john_edwards_official_senate_photo_portraitFormer presidential candidate John Edwards is being asked to answer question about more than $100,000 to his mistress’ company. Rielle Hunter was paid for video production and related services.

Edwards issued a statement: “I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly. 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.” Well, that should settle it. After all, if you can’t believe Edwards, who can you believe?

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16 thoughts on “John Edwards Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Campaign Funds for Mistress”

  1. Read this and thought it was appropriate under the circumstances.

    One evening Mike went over to his friend Terry’s house to play
    cards with some friends. Mike sat directly across from Terry’s wife. Mike dropped a card on the floor and bent down to pick it up. When he looked across the table he saw that Terry’s wife had her legs open and no panties on. He sat up and was flushed. He went into the kitchen to get a drink of water.

    To his surprise Terry’s wife had followed him into the kitchen and said, ” Did you like what you saw?” Mike said “Yes I did.” She said, Well you can get more than that but it will cost you $500.”

    So Mike thought about this financial situation and said, “O.K.”
    She said, “Come here tomorrow at 2:30 because Terry will be at work then.” Mike said, “I’ll see you then.”

    The next day, Mike came over, they had sex, he paid her, then he left. Later, Terry came home and asked, “Has Mike been over here today” She said, thinking she had been caught, “As a matter of fact, he did.”

    Terry said, “Good because that fool came by my job this morning and asked to borrow $500 till this evening, and he said he would leave it with you.”

  2. The affair in itself wasn’t shocking. Politicians are ego driven critters who often use other glands and organs than the brain when making decisions. But leaving a sick woman? Unless she’s insane and a danger to you, there is no excuse for that ethical failing in addition to it being bad political business. People don’t forget episodes like this. So say, “Buh-bye” Johnny! Someone with your skills and charm should be able to go right back to hedge funds . . . what’s that you say? Failing and too much regulation on the horizon? Well then may I suggest going into used cars, John. You’ve already got the haircut.

  3. Rafflaw:

    “I lost all respect for him when the news broke that he had cheated on his ailing wife.”


    I totally agree. While I have argued against the quaint notion that a man’s likely performance as a professional is revealed through interactions in his personal life, the older I get the more I am coming to realize that there is an intertwining that no amount of rationalizing can untangle. I don’t think you can divorce a man from his nature.

  4. I sure hope that this mistress was worth $100,000 and his marriage. I lost all respect for him when the news broke that he had cheated on his ailing wife. It reminded me of Newt Gingrich’s leaving his wife while she was in the hospital. Very sad.

  5. Whom the Gods will punish, they first make rich and handsome with a silver tongue.

  6. Hey, M72,

    I have done numerous jobs in my life and, as such, I have gained a lot of respect for all professions from P U septic tank operators, morticians, medical examiners, to all of the many professions that seem to exist only by floating to the top.

    However, please do not disparage any other honorable professions by unfair comparisons to PIAs, or um, LEOs for that matter…and certainly not GOP and DNC politicians…

    Full Disclosure: I once wanted this guy for my president…I am not only a Republican, but a dadgum—well—let’s just say a poor judge of character, sans the full disclosure of relevant facts.

  7. So Edwards had an affair, this is not the first nor am I sure that this will be the last.

    I agree that Obama is probably doing a better job that Edwards could or would. I too could not figure out why he was not chosen as a Veep Candidate.

    I do think that it would have been used as an Issue for the GOP and come to find out Palin had her own dirty little secrets. So, if Edwards had been in the running and the GOP picked Palin, oh well.

  8. Democrats dodged a bullet with Edwards. I’m an Independent, but my wife is a Democrat, and we both got a funny feeling about Edwards that we couldn’t put a finger on. In this case, the gut instinct was right.

    If Edwards had been Obama’s running mate, we would probably be saddled with McCain or Palin right now.


    It’s so weird to see a John Edwards story, as I was just thinking about Elizabeth the other day and wondering how she is doing.
    It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything, but she’s planning to be out promoting her memoir ‘Resilience shortly and on ‘Oprah’ sometime this week, I read.

    Imagine, if he had been Obama’s running mate when this story broke?

  10. Mespo,
    There is much in what you say. While I loved the guy’s message, his delivery was a tad slick and I found it hard to understand why he wasn’t more popular among progressives. Your wife’s visceral reaction, which she put to words, has shown to be on point. I was fooled by my love for the thrust of his campaign and thus blinded myself to what may have been in my gut.

    My wife too, though fooled by Edwards, has time and again taught me about people. Real men listen to their partners.

  11. Aw, cr@p. I actually believed in this guy for 10 minutes. When he spoke of helping the poor, etc. I guess he has his own lawyerly definition of “poor” so as to remain legally correct in a technical sense.

  12. You know Mike S my wife never liked the guy because, in her words, he was “oily.” Like most things,she was right! Women are pretty good judges of character–all except Rielle Hunter, I suppose.

  13. I voted for this guy in the primary down here. What a disappointment he has turned out to be. While one’s sex life should be out of bounds in politics, his utilization of his wife and family made this fair game. The term for this type of behavior is hubris and somehow the Greeks had it right 2,500 years ago, it always gets punished.

  14. Overheard at the Courthouse:

    “Edwards is giving all of us PI lawyers a bad name — like we had a great one to start with.”

    Amen brother. I guess we’re back with used car salesmen, and aluminum siding solicitors.

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