John Edwards Campaign PAC Under Investigation

I'm not convinced John Edwards is under investigation, as opposed to his campaign PAC.

Edwards confirmed the investigation Sunday but said he has been cooperating with it. His statement:

"I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly," Edwards said in the statement. "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."

I doubt he knew the details. His former campaign finance director, Fred Baron, before he died, said as much. The other bit players, Andrew Young and even new age healer Bob McGovern, if questioned by the feds, will undoubtedly make Baron out to be the decision-maker. [More..]

While it's a little excessive that Baron would first foot the bill for Rielle to move to North Carolina to live by Young and his wife within blocks of the Edwards campaign and then foot another bill to have them all move to Santa Barbara where she delivered the baby in February, he's rich and can do what he wants to protect his friends.

The reason this story is news is because of Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, which he handled abysmally in his Nightline interview(admitting the affair but denying he was the father of the child.)

Elizabeth's book, in which she never mentions Hunter by name but calls her names, is not going to endear him to the public.

That Edwards stayed in the race either believing that he could keep the affair a secret or even worse, thinking somehow the public would forgive his cheating on a cancer-stricken wife he dragged all over the campaign trail, was unjustifiable by any standard.

But, he's a lawyer. And he's undoubtedly lawyered up. If he had any liability, he wouldn't be cooperating -- without immunity or assurances he's not the target.

The main person in charge of the finances is dead. If they get anyone, it will be little people.

The moral of the story may be as simple as never cheat on a spouse with cancer, especially if you're a public figure running for office.

John Edwards has become a social pariah. He deserves it, but Elizabeth is not without fault as well. She continued to campaign for him and went along with his lie to the American people. Might the 2008 primaries have turned out differently if Edwards dropped out when the Enquirer broke the story? We'll never know, but neither John nor Elizabeth are blameless in that regard.

As a 40+ woman with cancer and two young children, she perhaps can be forgiven for not wanting to add "single mother" to that list and for staying by his side as he continued the race. Family first, and all. There are no excuses for him.

Yet, I don't believe criminal charges are appropriate...or that they are in John Edwards' future. He's paid dearly for his errors in judgment and that should be enough. I see no need to kick him around any more.

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    I have a few words for Edwards (none / 0) (#1)
    by phat on Mon May 04, 2009 at 02:15:17 AM EST
    What's it like to be a stalking horse?

    I expect we'll know more in 10 years about his decisions. I suppose Ockham's Razor may explain this better than my guesses. But I can't help but wonder.

    He's a fool.

    there's no way you could have... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Salo on Mon May 04, 2009 at 09:49:20 AM EST
    ... known about the affair. I'm still sure this interest actually has more to do with him being so vociferous about uhc. Hammer that particular nail back into the beam by any means. I do not consider Obama to be a sincere advocate for the kinds of reforms that the healthcare industry needs. Many of these powerful men have (multiple) mistresses and perhaps they also have bastard children. It's not unheard of is it?   Nothing like that in US history is there? Hows that Iraq war going  btw?  


    no end in sight, as billed.


    The MCM treatment of John Edwards has intrigued me (none / 0) (#5)
    by jawbone on Mon May 04, 2009 at 02:03:41 PM EST
    I'm basing this on recollections right now, but he was basically ignored by the MCM, after being derided and denigrated a for his hair, house, and a third word beginning with "h" which I've forgotten.  

    His reasons for running for president were clearly to try to level the economic playing field and to ensure healthcare for all.  He announced in New Orleans, to underline his cause.

    He did get some coverage, but very little.

    After he dropped out of the primary race and supported Obama, he also pretty much dropped on the MCM radar screen. Elizabeth occasionally got some press.

    Then, the infidelity accusation took off.

    With that, his voice in support of UHC was lost, and Elizabeth herself went silent. She has barely been heard from, until this book.  

    So, two voices for UHC silenced.

    Part of a long range plan to suffocate all voices for single payer? Just how things happened?

    I don't know--just seems to be somewhat strange. And part and parcel of the initial press moves to shut him up.


    Also (none / 0) (#6)
    by jbindc on Mon May 04, 2009 at 02:23:29 PM EST
    John Edwards was a hypocrite, even with regards to the affair. Even if he had come clean, these statements would have come back to haunt him.

    Here is Edwards on Clinton on Feb. 12, 1999:

        I think this President has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen.

    Later, Edwards debated whether Clinton intended to obstruct justice when he talked with a White House employee:

        We have a man who has just been confronted with this problem, who is political by nature. And do we really believe that the first thing he thought about is, "I'm going to go protect myself legally'"? I suspect the first thing he thought about is "I'm going to protect myself politically.'' He was worried about his family finding out. He was worried about the rest of the staff finding out. He was worried about the press finding out.