Sen. Edwards’ Campaign Staffers: Planned to Sabotage Campaign, if Necessary Over Affair

May 11, 2009

(ChattahBox)—George Stephanopoulos let a bomb drop on Sunday on his ABC news show, “This Week,” when he claimed former staffers for John Edwards’ presidential campaign told him that they had formulated a “doomsday” plan to ensure Edwards didn’t win the Democratic presidential nomination.

With rumors of Edwards’ extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, now 45-years old, a former campaign employee becoming more prevalent, despite Edwards’ repeated denials, campaign staffers began to believe them.

The National Enquirer first broke the news of Edwards’ affair in October 2007, but Edwards denied the allegations made in the story. Because the Enquirer is known more for its alien baby stories rather than groundbreaking political news, the story didn’t have legs and seemed to fade from the headlines after Edwards’ strong denial, calling the allegations, “false, absolute nonsense.”

Later, stories surfaced that Edwards was also the father of Rielle Hunter’s daughter and that added another dimension to the story.

In late December and early January, campaign staffers devised a plan, to make sure former Senator Edwards didn’t ruin the Democratic party’s prime opportunity to win the 2007 presidential election.

Staffers didn’t believe Edwards had a chance of securing the nomination and didn’t expect that they would be forced to unleash their doomsday plot. The staffers told Stephanopoulos they were loyal Democrats first and had every intention of bringing down Edwards’ campaign if it came to that.

After months of lying about his affair, Edwards finally came clean on August 2008, in an interview with Bob Woodruff of ABC News, and admitted he had been lying to the American public about his extramarital affair. As we all know now, Barack Obama won the Democratic presidential nomination and the rest is history.

Meanwhile, John Edwards’s wife, Elizabeth is on a media tour discussing her husband’s affair, which she chronicled in a book, entitled “Resilience.” Elizabeth Edwards, 59-years-old, is terminally ill with breast cancer. Elizabeth and John Edwards have three children.

Since admitting to not only engaging in, but lying during his campaign about an extramarital affair, Edwards’ future political career is dead in the water. His wife, Elizabeth is widely liked and admired by the American public and he publicly humiliated her, a transgression many former supporters so far, are unwilling to forgive.

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