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Edwards admits to affair with Rielle Hunter, denies fathering child

UPDATE at 8:37 pm 8/8/2008: Huffington Post points out that, per Edwards’ statement, Elizabeth Edwards knew about the affair before John declared for the Presidency. Strange complicity considering that, if the public ever found out about the affair, it could severely damage the Democratic Party had Edwards become the nominee.

UPDATE at 5:10 pm 8/8/2008: Per Wall Street Journal

David Bonior, Edwards’ campaign manager, told the Associated Press on Friday that he was disappointed and angry after hearing about Edwards’ confession.

“Thousands of friends of the senators and his supporters have put their faith and confidence in him and he’s let him down,” said Bonior. “They’ve been betrayed by his action.”

Asked whether the affair would damage Edwards’ future aspirations in public service, Bonior replied: “You can’t lie in politics and expect to have people’s confidence.”

Well, here’s the beginning of the end of this story (and of Edwards’ career)…

John Edwards admitted to an affair with his former videographer, Rielle Hunter, in an interview with ABC News, though he denies tabloid reports that he is the father of her child.

In the interview, scheduled to be broadcast Friday night on ABC’s Nightline, the former North Carolina senator said he repeatedly lied about the affair during his failed presidential campaign.

He told ABC News that he didn’t love Hunter, 42, and knew he wasn’t the father of her child because of the timing of the baby’s birth on Feb. 27.

The National Enquirer first reported the allegations in October and published a new report in July on an incident between the tabloid’s reporters and Edwards at a Beverly Hills hotel where Hunter and her child reportedly were staying.

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