Andrew Young, a former aid for John Edwards, claims it was his upcoming tell-all book that prompted his old boss to admit to paternity of Rielle Hunter‘s baby. The former presidential hopeful confessed to paternity of theÂ baby girl, Frances Quinn Hunter,Â in a press statement on Thursday.
“It’s been two and a half years [since the affair started],” former John Edwards staffer Andrew Young told ABC News.â€ For it to come out a week before my book is coming out… I’ve expected it a long time. I expected they were going to do a public relations campaign to promote him, which I’m very skeptical of.” Young says he doesn’t really buy the whole ‘loving and supportive’ father part of Edwards’ public admission of paternity. “All of a sudden he’s a doting, loving father of Quinn. I’m skeptical of it.”
Young said Edwards had no choice but to finally admit he was the father of Frances Quinn Hunter because of information included in his new book, The Politician.Â Â “He is doing this a week before my book comes out where there is going to be stuff that he cannot, you know, there are voicemails. In his voice. And voicemails in Elizabeth’s voice that absolutely contradict almost everything that he has said,” Young said. “I think that he is trying, that he is going to do everything he can to deflect that.”
One of thingsÂ the formerÂ presidential candidateÂ is probably not going to enjoy is Young’s claim John Edwards did everything he could to cover up the affair and his fathering of the baby – including asking to have a paternity test faked and persuading Andrew Young to claim he was actually the father of Hunter’s child.
The Politician is due out on Feb. 2. Andrew Young will appear on 20/20 and Nightline on Jan. 29 to discuss his book and the John Edwards affair.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards has finally confessed, publicly, he is the father of Rielle Hunter‘s baby daughter. Edwards previously denied he fathered baby Frances Quinn repeatedly. Before that, he denied, vehemently, that he had ever even cheated on his wife with Rielle Hunter.
John Edwards confirmed his paternity of Rielle Hunter’s almost 2-year-old toddler in a press statement on Thursday. “I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me,” Edwards said. “To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.”
Yeah, we’re sure your cancer-strickenÂ wife, Elizabeth Edwards, and your three children with her – Cate, Emma and Jack – are really feeling your apologies about now. As for the child you denied fathering for two years, we can only shudder at what kind of messed up head that poor girl is going to have from all this.
John Edwards should have just given it up when the National Enquirer first plastered his affair with Rielle Hunter all over their front page. Being caught with your pants down is one thing – even presidents have survived that. Lying about it to the entire world over and over again – that’s the part that really makes you look like a douche bag. Edwards once called the National Enquirer stories about his affair â€œtabloid trash thatâ€™s full of lies.â€ We’re thinking that label actually applies pretty well to Edwards himself right about now.
Even worse, Edwards is still under investigation for possibly using money raised for his presidential campaign to try to cover up the affair with Hunter.
Can you imagine if we’d elected this guy president? He’d deny for years he accidently launched a nuclear strike on Iran, blame it on one of his staffers and then only admit he did it and was “truly sorry” about it years later. We’re thinking the country dodged a bullet on that one.